communicate

verb
com·​mu·​ni·​cate | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkāt How to pronounce communicate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce communicatee (audio) \ 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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Of the three mandates in the aviator's handbook—aviate, navigate, communicate—the last may have been most important in this emergency. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 That meant adding a voice-over, which added to the overall storybook vibe Luna already communicates visually and with its narrative. Nick Statt, The Verge, "VR storybook game Luna is even more mesmerizing on Magic Leap’s headset," 18 Dec. 2018 The striking image of the Sand Palace standing alone above the wreckage is one of many images communicating the scale of the storm’s impact. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate change and the coming coastal real estate crash," 16 Oct. 2018 Jonathan is doing very well at his current program, and has made great gains in following directions and communicating his thoughts and feelings. BostonGlobe.com, "Jonathan and Violette both love playing outside," 14 July 2018 For four years the pair communicated via text messages before meeting in person, the woman told police. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Town Council Member, 42, Allegedly Had Sex with Teen Girl After Posing as 17-Year-Old Online," 10 July 2018 Dima got out his laptop and right on the kitchen table started banging away at it — apparently his computer communicated with the soldiers’ network just fine. Keith Gessen, Longreads, "My Brother Comes to Moscow," 10 July 2018 And yet, those adjustments are coming fast and furious with often no or little warning, making the job of communicating them that much more difficult. Matthew Lee, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s evolving foreign policy challenges top US diplomat," 15 Jan. 2019 That spacecraft, the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE), launched in 2000 and worked perfectly until 2005, when the satellite unexpectedly stopped communicating with Earth. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "Long-Lost Spacecraft That NASA Rediscovered This Year Is Incommunicado," 30 Aug. 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 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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