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 communicatee (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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But Clark and Tuiloma didn’t communicate on the play. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers concede own goal in 1-0 loss to D.C. United," 15 Sep. 2019 Don’t forget the creativity All these business reasons are beside one fundamental point: A fashion show is one of the best opportunities a designer has to communicate a creative vision. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Do fashion weeks still have a purpose?," 7 Sep. 2019 The ways in which managers decide on, and communicate, raises and other salary adjustments can have a big impact on employee morale and performance. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "BusinessWise: Understand best practices when considering pay raises in your business," 26 Aug. 2019 Based on that information, the district will communicate to parents what measures, if any, the district will take when classes resume on Monday. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "'Inside it gets bad': Dallas ISD campus with broken AC more like a middle school sauna," 22 Aug. 2019 These businesses communicate frequently with their banks and technology companies like Mitek. Ellen Airhart, Vox, "Why cashier’s checks are part of so many online scams," 19 Aug. 2019 The radio connection between Salazar and the VAR booth failed, so the crew had to communicate to a sideline official through a walkie-talkie, and then to Salazar on the field. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Video Review Is Changing Soccer, and No One Seems to Want It," 9 Aug. 2019 Once prosecutors in Brooklyn learned Main Justice’s position, this prosecutor communicated to the Barclays side that the bank had prevailed. Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica, "How Trump’s Political Appointees Overruled Tougher Settlements With Big Banks," 4 Aug. 2019 In the noise of 500 mph winds, Shults and Ellisor could only communicate with their hands and eyes. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "EAA: Southwest pilot recounts harrowing flight with blown engine, rapid depressurization," 23 July 2019

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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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7 Oct 2019

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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 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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