communicate

verb
com·​mu·​ni·​cate | \kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkāt \
communicated; communicating

Definition of communicate 

transitive verb

1 archaic : share

2a : to convey knowledge of or information about : make known communicate a story She communicated her ideas to the group.

b : to reveal by clear signs His fear communicated itself to his friends. He communicated his dissatisfaction to the staff.

3 : to cause to pass from one to another Some diseases are easily communicated.

intransitive verb

1 : to receive Communion Some Christians communicate in both elements, bread and wine.

2 : to transmit information, thought, or feeling so that it is satisfactorily received or understood two sides failing to communicate with each other The computer communicates with peripheral equipment.

3 : to open into each other : connect The rooms communicate.

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Other Words from communicate

communicatee \kə-​ˌmyü-​ni-​kə-​ˈtē \ noun
communicator noun

Examples of communicate in a Sentence

He was asked to communicate the news to the rest of the people. She communicated her ideas to the group. The two computers are able to communicate directly with one another. The pilot communicated with the airport just before the crash. The couple has trouble communicating. the challenge of getting the two groups to communicate with each other We communicate a lot of information through body language. He communicated his dissatisfaction to the staff. If you're excited about the product, your enthusiasm will communicate itself to customers. The disease is communicated through saliva.
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Some of her favorite clients are people who have difficulty communicating, like those with Alzheimer's disease or autism. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "How One Woman Is Using Art to Give a Voice to Those With Disabilities," 4 Dec. 2018 And don’t give up if your first attempt isn't immediately wonderful: This type of play can have a bit of a learning curve, so go at your own pace, communicate with your partner, and enjoy the ride. Zoë Ligon, Allure, "9 Things You Need to Know Before You Have Anal," 5 Nov. 2018 What these folks want is a new house wearing the skin of an old house, often for the purpose of communicating authenticity or historicity. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "To renovate or not to renovate?," 5 Sep. 2018 Not that the news on steroids was—or, ahem, still is—an informative or helpful way to communicate with viewers or readers of any gender. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Jessica Yellin Is a Veteran Reporter Out to Change the Way You Get Your News," 20 Nov. 2018 And just like industrial robot arms, these machines are fast and powerful and don’t intrinsically have a way to communicate with the people around them. James Vincent, The Verge, "Teaching robots body language offers common ground for humans and machines," 11 Nov. 2018 Snapchat is the fastest way to communicate and also have a really strong premium content offering. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Taking a page from YouTube, Snap VP Nick Bell wants to find the next generation of media stars," 25 Oct. 2018 While working, the crew reportedly used hand signals to communicate rather than shouting orders to maintain a sense of quiet and clam for the royal residents. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Story Behind the Royal Family's Yacht, Britannia," 30 Sep. 2018 With the 360c, Volvo introduced a new way for autonomous cars to communicate with human drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Volvo Thinks Autonomous Cars Could Replace Short-Haul Flights," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of communicate

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for communicate

Latin communicatus, past participle of communicare to impart, participate, from communis common — more at mean

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communicate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of communicate

: to give information about (something) to someone by speaking, writing, moving your hands, etc.

: to get someone to understand your thoughts or feelings

medical : to pass (a disease) from one person or animal to another

communicate

verb
com·​mu·​ni·​cate | \kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkāt \
communicated; communicating

Kids Definition of communicate

1 : to get in touch “… we won't be able to communicate. The mail is unpredictable …”— Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising

2 : to make known I communicated my needs to the nurse.

3 : to pass (as a disease) from one to another : spread

communicate

transitive verb
com·​mu·​ni·​cate | \kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkāt \
communicated; communicating

Medical Definition of communicate 

: to cause to pass from one to another some diseases are easily communicated

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