communicate

verb
com·​mu·​ni·​cate | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkāt How to pronounce communicate (audio) \
communicated; communicating

Definition of communicate

transitive verb

1a : 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.
2 : to cause to pass from one to another Some diseases are easily communicated.
3 archaic : share

intransitive verb

1 : 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.
2 : to open into each other : connect The rooms communicate.
3 : to receive Communion Some Christians communicate in both elements, bread and wine.

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Other Words from communicate

communicatee \ kə-​ˌmyü-​ni-​kə-​ˈtē How to pronounce communicate (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Employees and management communicate easily and openly, focus on problem-solving and support each other in finding solutions, according to employees surveyed. Michael Schroeder, The Indianapolis Star, 10 June 2021 Officials of the Department of Homeland Security regularly communicate with local police officials through formal communications and alerts as well as regular meetings on task forces. Rachael Levy, WSJ, 8 June 2021 Before, even if Hamas fighters snuck in, the Israeli side would communicate with the business owners, who made Hamas pull the fighters back without firing a shot, Masry said. Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2021 Lee is in prison, still able to communicate with The Hong Kong Alliance and release messages to his supporters through his attorney. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 2 June 2021 Armes and the partner shelters communicate on social media, by posting descriptions and photos of the dogs and chronicling successful deliveries. Harriet L. Blake, Dallas News, 1 June 2021 With today’s technology, missionaries may communicate with family weekly via everything from emails to video chats. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 Through an interpreter service, MobileHelp's emergency response operators are able to communicate with customers in over 240 languages. Kat Tretina, Health.com, 28 May 2021 Are its various work silos able to communicate and transfer work as frictionlessly as your PC does? Grant Hulbert, Forbes, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of communicate

1529, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for communicate

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

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The first known use of communicate was in 1529

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16 Jun 2021

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“Communicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communicate. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for communicate

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 How to pronounce communicate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce communicate (audio) \
communicated; communicating

Medical Definition of communicate

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

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