Definition of contagious
1 : transmissible by direct or indirect contact with an infected person contagious diseases
2 : bearing contagion contagious people
3 : used for contagious diseases a contagious ward
4 : exciting similar emotions or conduct in others contagious enthusiasm contagious laughter
Examples of contagious in a Sentence
It's a highly contagious virus.
I have a cold and I'm still contagious.
I'm sick, but the doctor says I'm not contagious.
Recent Examples of contagious from the Web
Valeria Merino/Courier-Journal/USA Today Network At least four dogs at Louisville Metro Animal Services have had positive test results for a highly contagious strain of dog flu, the department announced Friday.
Delusion is contagious, competent criminals are hard to catch and there’s no empirical reason to believe Gulati, Garber or the rest of the current American soccer establishment was cognizant or complicit.
The Tasmanian devil was nearly wiped out 20 years ago when a contagious tumor began disfiguring its face and killing animals by the hundreds.
Doctors did not understand what was happening or whether the cancer was contagious.
Smallpox and other contagious diseases spread over the canal, too.
With brass blasting and drums beating, the music was contagious.
Every page brims with the contagious mania of tech-bro self-improvement.
Bogdan Botezatu, an analyst with Bitdefender, compared the new program to a contagious disease.
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CONTAGIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of contagious for English Language Learners
: able to be passed from one person or animal to another by touching
: having a sickness that can be passed to someone else by touching
: capable of being easily spread to others : causing other people to feel or act a similar way
CONTAGIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of contagious for Students
1 : able to be passed from one individual to another through contact a contagious disease
2 : having a sickness that can be passed to someone else
3 : causing other people to feel or act a similar way a contagious laugh
Medical Definition of contagious
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