trans·​mit | \ tran(t)s-ˈmit How to pronounce transmit (audio) , tranz- \
transmitted; transmitting

Definition of transmit

transitive verb

1a : to send or convey from one person or place to another : forward
b : to cause or allow to spread: such as
(1) : to convey by or as if by inheritance or heredity : hand down
(2) : to convey (infection) abroad or to another
2a(1) : to cause (something, such as light or force) to pass or be conveyed through space or a medium
(2) : to admit the passage of : conduct glass transmits light
b : to send out (a signal) either by radio waves or over a wire

intransitive verb

: to send out a signal either by radio waves or over a wire

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Other Words from transmit

transmittable \ tran(t)s-​ˈmi-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce transmit (audio) , tranz-​ \ adjective
transmittal \ tran(t)s-​ˈmi-​tᵊl How to pronounce transmit (audio) , tranz-​ \ noun

Examples of transmit in a Sentence

The technology allows data to be transmitted by cellular phones. transmitting and receiving radio signals The radio transmits on two different frequencies. the different ways that people transmit their values The disease is transmitted by sexual contact.
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Recent Examples on the Web On top of that, the much more contagious B.1.1.7 variant – now the dominant strain in Oregon and the nation as of early April – is allowing the virus to transmit with greater ease. oregonlive, "Who is getting COVID-19 in Oregon’s fourth surge?," 2 May 2021 Telehealth refers to monitors that record health information and wirelessly transmit it to health care providers. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Telemedicine is here, and Ursuline College class teaches health care workers how to do it right; here’s how you can, too," 26 Apr. 2021 As more people are vaccinated, there are fewer opportunities for the virus to transmit and mutate. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Officials say the US is getting closer to the 'finish line' for coronavirus. What does that mean?," 25 Apr. 2021 According to Kuppalli, the infectious diseases expert, vaccinated people could go to another part of the world, get exposed to a new strain of the virus not covered by the vaccine, become infected, and transmit it to other people. USA Today, "Tracking COVID-19 vaccine distribution by state: How many people have been vaccinated in the US?," 22 Apr. 2021 Scientists are concerned not only about animals that might have caused the initial spillover into humans, but also the potential for humans to transmit the coronavirus to animals. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "The Search for Animals That Could Carry the Next Deadly Virus," 25 Mar. 2021 Initially, the word was that the virus did not efficiently transmit between humans, which ended up being wrong. Los Angeles Times, "Fauci’s 2021 COVID California forecast: School reopenings, vaccines and some normalcy by fall," 31 Dec. 2020 This 40,000-person study found that children under 15 were about half as likely as adults to be infected, and only half as likely as adults to transmit the virus to others. Lois Parshley, Science, "Exclusive: Kids catch and spread coronavirus half as much as adults, Iceland study confirms," 10 Dec. 2020 Just as vital is the Smithsonian’s responsibility to transmit this information, providing clarity and helpful guidance to our audiences. Lonnie G. Bunch Iii, Smithsonian Magazine, "Secretary Lonnie Bunch on the Power of Research at the Smithsonian," 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of transmit

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for transmit

Middle English transmitten, from Latin transmittere, from trans- + mittere to send

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The first known use of transmit was in the 15th century

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6 May 2021

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“Transmit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of transmit

: to send (information, sound, etc.) in the form of electrical signals to a radio, television, computer, etc.
: to give or pass (information, values, etc.) from one person to another
: to cause (a virus, disease, etc.) to be given to others


trans·​mit | \ trans-ˈmit How to pronounce transmit (audio) \
transmitted; transmitting

Kids Definition of transmit

1 : to transfer, pass, or spread from one person or place to another transmit information transmit a disease
2 : to pass on by or as if by inheritance Parents transmit traits to their offspring.
3 : to pass or cause to pass through space or through a material Glass transmits light.
4 : to send out (a signal) by means of radio waves


transitive verb
trans·​mit | \ tran(t)s-ˈmit How to pronounce transmit (audio) , tranz- How to pronounce transmit (audio) \
transmitted; transmitting

Medical Definition of transmit

: to pass, transfer, or convey from one person or place to another: as
a : to pass or convey by heredity transmit a genetic abnormality
b : to convey (infection) abroad or to another mosquitoes transmit malaria
c : to cause (energy) to be conveyed through space or a medium substances that transmit nerve impulses

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transitive verb
trans·​mit | \ tranz-ˈmit, trans- How to pronounce transmit (audio) \
transmitted; transmitting

Legal Definition of transmit

1 : to send or convey from one person or place to another
2 : to transfer especially by inheritance

Other Words from transmit

transmittable \ -​ˈmi-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce transmit (audio) \ adjective
transmittal \ -​ˈmit-​ᵊl How to pronounce transmit (audio) \ noun

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