transmit

verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a(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
transmittable adjective
transmittal 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.
Recent Examples on the Web This lethal virus does kill infected roses and is transmitted by the eriophyid mite. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2024 One of the big questions that will be key to preventing further spread, whether among cows or from cows to people, is understanding how cows themselves transmit the virus. Sara G. Miller, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2024 Speaking Italian for most of his performance, O’Connor transmits an enigmatic, sorrowful melancholy. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2024 Now, the upper chamber is compelled by Senate rules to convene as a court of impeachment shortly after the articles are transmitted from the House. Kaia Hubbard, CBS News, 28 Mar. 2024 Although the two types of mosquitoes that transmit dengue are found in some counties, the virus is not endemic in the state, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Chad Murphy, The Enquirer, 27 Mar. 2024 Hand-washing is also important to prevent transmitting any droplets through touching hands or the face. Keri Brenner, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 Multiple Telegram channels in Tajik, Uzbek and Russian transmit Islamic State propaganda and glorify Tajik militants who have taken part in attacks in Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Souad Mekhennet, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024 How Native Americans transmitted the traumas of starvation, displacement and genocide across generations? Carina Del Valle Schorske, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near transmit

Cite this Entry

“Transmit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transmit. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

transmit

verb
trans·​mit tran(t)s-ˈmit How to pronounce transmit (audio) tranz- How to pronounce transmit (audio)
transmitted; transmitting
1
a
: to transfer from one person or place to another
b
: to pass on by or as if by inheritance
c
: to cause or allow to spread abroad or to another
transmit a disease
2
a
: to pass or cause to pass through space or a material : allow the passage of
b
: to send a signal by radio waves or over a wire
transmittable adjective
transmittal noun
Etymology

Middle English transmitten "to send to another person or place," from Latin transmittere (same meaning), from trans- "across, to the other side" and mittere "to send, throw" — related to emit

Medical Definition

transmit

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

Legal Definition

transmit

transitive verb
trans·​mit tranz-ˈmit, trans- How to pronounce transmit (audio)
transmitted; transmitting
1
: to send or convey from one person or place to another
2
: to transfer especially by inheritance
transmittable adjective
transmittal noun

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