communicate

verb com·mu·ni·cate \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkāt \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of communicate

communicated; communicating
transitive verb
1 archaic :share
2 a :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.

communicatee

play \kə-ˌmyü-ni-kə-ˈtē\ noun

communicator

noun

Examples of communicate in a Sentence

  1. He was asked to communicate the news to the rest of the people.

  2. She communicated her ideas to the group.

  3. The two computers are able to communicate directly with one another.

  4. The pilot communicated with the airport just before the crash.

  5. The couple has trouble communicating.

  6. the challenge of getting the two groups to communicate with each other

  7. We communicate a lot of information through body language.

  8. He communicated his dissatisfaction to the staff.

  9. If you're excited about the product, your enthusiasm will communicate itself to customers.

  10. The disease is communicated through saliva.

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Origin and Etymology of communicate

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


COMMUNICATE Defined for English Language Learners

communicate

verb

Definition of communicate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

communicate

verb com·mu·ni·cate \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkāt \

Definition of communicate for Students

communicated; communicating
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

Medical Dictionary

communicate

transitive verb com·mu·ni·cate \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkāt \

medical Definition of communicate

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


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