transmit

verb
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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The first mayday call from the captain was transmitted at 3:14 a.m. Schwartz refused to answer follow-up questions, including whether that crew member was assigned to night watch and went back to sleep after inspecting the galley. Washington Post, "Snoozing crew raises specter of criminal charge in boat fire," 13 Sep. 2019 Now, meritocrats transmit privilege by investing in education. Daniel Markovits, Time, "American Universities Must Choose: Do they Want to be Equal or Elite?," 12 Sep. 2019 Humpback populations also transmit their songs to one another, in a west-to-east direction, so that a ditty might spread thousands of miles across the sea. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Found: A Hub Where Humpback Whales Share Their Songs," 12 Sep. 2019 The virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "DuPage County reports its first West Nile virus case of 2019. Lombard woman became ill in late August. State total is at 4.," 11 Sep. 2019 And, yes, STIs can be transmitted from just the tip. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "19 Condom Mistakes You Don't Want to Make," 29 Aug. 2019 The project’s thousands of cameras — widely recognized by flashing green lights — transmit round-the-clock video from stores, schools, restaurants and community centers to the police department’s downtown headquarters. Erin Einhorn, NBC News, "A fight over facial recognition is dividing Detroit — with high stakes for police and privacy," 22 Aug. 2019 That data is also transmitted to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "In Alameda County, only half the guns used in 2018 were registered in California," 20 Aug. 2019 Black flies, sand flies and biting midges likely transmit the disease. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Virus making horses ill spreads to 11 Colorado counties; Larimer hit hardest," 26 July 2019

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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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transmit

verb

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

transmit

verb
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

transmit

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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transmit

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

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