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 To appeal to the range of learning styles and ensure information interest and clarity, look for different ways to communicate information using diagrams, engaging videos and interactive elements such as gamification. Forrester, Forbes, "Try These Four Tips For Effective Product Manager Upskilling," 12 Apr. 2021 Catcher Wilson Ramos — a 12-year MLB veteran — said the team needs to regroup, communicate and create its own energy, either through dominant pitching or mighty offensive achievements. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "As losses and injuries pile up, AJ Hinch asks Detroit Tigers to 'respond accordingly'," 11 Apr. 2021 And with OnlyFans came a new feature for Kat: providers and subscribers could communicate. Correspondent Maureen Maher, CBS News, "Did Kat West's online life play a role in her mysterious death?," 10 Apr. 2021 Once the procedure is completed, the vet will communicate with the owner in their car, according to the release. Beacon-news Staff,, "Kane Animal Control to offer drive-thru rabies vaccine clinic," 2 Apr. 2021 The Met guard, the crossing guard, the sanitation worker—those uniforms communicate so much so quickly. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "Spent the Last Year in Sweatpants? The Creator Behind a New Netflix Show Has Some Ideas About Where Our Clothes Go From Here," 1 Apr. 2021 The boy, Jax, was autistic and used an electronic device to communicate, his uncle, Johnathan Cherni, told the station. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Ohio dad tells 911 dispatcher he was 'hearing voices' as he beat 5-year-old son to death: reports," 27 Mar. 2021 Parents can communicate with school to stay on top of what the latest is, and brainstorm together with a school representative like a counselor on how best to support your kid, given the changing circumstances. Dr. Neha Chaudhary, CNN, "Prepare your kids mentally for the transition back to school," 24 Mar. 2021 Students needed broadband access to complete assignments, communicate with teachers, socialize with classmates, and apply to colleges. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Students left behind: The effects of school closures one year on," 24 Mar. 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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17 Apr 2021

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“Communicate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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


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


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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