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"Emitir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to emit", and "expedir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to send". Learn more about the difference between "emitir" and "expedir" below.
emitir(
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mee
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teer
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to produce and discharge)
a. to emit
Este aparato electrónico no emite radiación.This electronic product does not emit radiation.
b. to give off
Las reacciones exotérmicas emiten calor.Exothermic reactions give off heat.
2. (telecommunications)
a. to broadcast (programs)
Este canal dejó de emitir documentales.This channel doesn't broadcast documentaries anymore.
b. to send out (signals)
El satélite emite señales que indican su posición.The satellite sends out signals that indicate its position.
3. (finance)
a. to issue
Los bancos dejaron de emitir bonos.Banks have stopped issuing bonds.
4. (to say)
a. to express (an opinion)
No voy a emitir mi opinión sobre este asunto.I'm not going to express my opinion on this matter.
b. to issue (a statement, press release etc)
El gobierno local emitió una alerta sobre los robos a mano armada en el centro.The local government issued an alert about armed robberies downtown.
c. to give (a verdict, an order)
El juez emitirá su fallo mañana.The judge will give his verdict tomorrow.
d. to cast (a vote)
Cuanto antes emitan todos su voto, antes obtendremos los resultados.The sooner everybody casts their vote, the sooner we will get the results.
emitirse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (telecommunications)
a. to be broadcast
El programa especial de esta noche se emitirá a las diez.Tonight's special show will be broadcast at ten.
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expedir(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to ship off)
a. to send
La empresa dice que expidió el pedido el pasado lunes, pero yo todavía no lo he recibido.The company says they sent the order last Monday, but I haven't received it yet.
b. to dispatch
Para expedir ese tipo mercancía, tiene que rellenar este impreso.To dispatch that sort of merchandise, you need to fill out this form.
2. (to emit)
a. to issue (a passport or decree)
En este consulado, te expiden el pasaporte en el momento de solicitarlo.At this consulate, they issue your passport the same day you apply for it.
b. to draw up (a contract or document)
La empresa expide los contratos de los nuevos empleados el día mismo en que empiezan a trabajar.The company draws up the contracts for new employees the very day they start work.
expedirse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to give an opinion) (River Plate)
a. to express an opinion
Cuando un personaje público se expide sobre un tema polémico, todos los medios se hacen eco.When a public figure expresses an opinion on a controversial topic, all forms of media echo it.
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