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 transmittable (audio) , tranz-​ \ adjective
transmittal \ tran(t)s-​ˈmi-​tᵊl How to pronounce transmittal (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 For concerned parents, one quandary posed by the coronavirus remains particularly tough to navigate: Research shows that an infected person can transmit it to others before showing symptoms of COVID-19. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "What Parents Should Know About Coronavirus as Kids Return to Babysitters, Day Cares and Camps," 23 May 2020 The virus spreads readily indoors, as shown by a study of a woman who appears to have transmitted it to nine other people who were eating in the same room of a restaurant in China. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Is It Safe to Go Out to Eat?," 15 May 2020 Transmission will continue among the adults and children, and these people will transmit it to the at-risk groups, no matter what. John Lauerman,, "Stay Home During the ‘Crisis of Our Generation’: Coronavirus Q&A," 13 May 2020 The councilman argued that mandating that people cover their mouths and noses would save lives, by helping to keep people who are asymptomatic but carrying the COVID-19 virus from unknowingly transmitting it. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. weighs requiring masks when people leave their homes," 6 May 2020 The sequences, which advance from left to right in the graphic, show that the virus jumped from an animal to humans in China, humans transmitted it to one another within China, then people traveling from there spread it globally person to person. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Virus Mutations Reveal How COVID-19 Really Spread," 4 May 2020 In China laboratory workers seem to have been infected with SARS and transmitted it to contacts outside on at least two occasions. The Economist, "The origin of covid-19 The pieces of the puzzle of covid-19’s origin are coming to light," 2 May 2020 Put another way, common DisplayPort 1.4 devices, using DisplayPort cables, can transmit 4 channels of data at 8.1Gbps apiece. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 will let laptops connect to 16K displays over USB-C in 2021," 1 May 2020 There is no evidence to date that pets can infect their owners, so there is no concern about animals being asymptotic and transmitting it the way humans do. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Veterinarians: Don't be too worried about your pet getting coronavirus," 28 Apr. 2020

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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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31 May 2020

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“Transmit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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
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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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 transmittable (audio) \ adjective
transmittal \ -​ˈmit-​ᵊl How to pronounce transmittal (audio) \ noun

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