communicator

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​cat·​or | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌkā-tər How to pronounce communicator (audio) \

Definition of communicator

: one that communicates something Nor was Stroheim alone during the twenties in exploring the possibilities of the camera as communicator rather than manipulator.— James Monaco especially : a person who conveys information or knowledge to others A true leader needs to be a good communicator. Bluetooth is named for a 10th-century Danish king, Harald Bluetooth, a great communicator who united warring factions. — Jessie Milligan She tells me I'm a poor communicator, that I give out ambivalent signals. — Blake Morrison A patient representative is a listener, a communicator, and a catalyst for change from within the system. — Barbara M. Swanson

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell likes to think of himself as a plain-spoken communicator, but his past three months as the central bank’s leader have proved challenging because markets have occasionally misunderstood him. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Plain-Spoken Fed Chairman Sometimes Leaves Markets Confused," 29 Jan. 2019 Trent noted that her skills as a communicator are powerful and explained that the policies AOC advocates for — like a federal jobs guarantee, Medicare for All, and the Green New Deal — could create problems for Republicans in 2020. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "AOC Is Feuding With Kentucky's Congressional Republicans Over an Invite to Visit a Coal Mine," 18 Apr. 2019 Men are made fun of for being smart and good communicators, for listening and reading instead of talking. Thomas Page Mcbee, Teen Vogue, "Kendrick Sampson on Masculinity, Race, and Why Men Should Be More Vulnerable," 26 Mar. 2019 Pike's suggest that the problems wreaking havoc on Discovery, with malfunctioning communicators and life support systems, indicates that the unknown alien is a virus infecting the ship. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 The speaker doesn’t necessarily need to be a high-wattage, charismatic public communicator. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "House Democrats don’t need a leader, they need someone to represent them on TV," 20 Nov. 2018 Here are some other expectations: ► Be a clear communicator. Erin Hill Perry, Detroit Free Press, "Want to be a journalist? Apply for our high school apprentice program," 1 May 2018 In addition to teaching at Columbia University in New York City, the theoretical physicist has written four books, starred in a handful of TV specials and along the way has become one of the world’s leading science communicators. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Physicist Brian Greene on the three biggest science mysteries he'd like to see solved," 10 June 2018 If one of the communicators, Alice, inputs a random string of bits and Bob encodes the true, coherent message, no eavesdropper would ever be able to figure out what Bob was telling Alice without knowing what Alice had encoded, Del Santo said. Rafi Letzter, Scientific American, "Quantum Physicists Double the “Bandwidth” of the Universe," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of communicator

1550, in the meaning defined above

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