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 Most respondents accurately answered that the virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and is not contracted by casual contact. Gary Stix, Scientific American, "Attempts at Debunking “Fake News” about Epidemics Might Do More Harm Than Good," 14 Feb. 2020 Trump’s impeachment trial started last week after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi transmitted impeachment articles to the Senate following weeks of stonewalling in an attempt to influence the Senate’s trial procedures. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Trump defense: Giuliani a 'minor player' and 'shiny object designed to distract'," 27 Jan. 2020 Pelosi finally gave up last week and transmitted the articles. Edward Morrissey, TheWeek, "The impeachment rules fight is another blowup in the slow destruction of Congress," 22 Jan. 2020 White House Counsel Pat Cipollone urged senators to support McConnell’s proposed rules and ripped House Democrats for taking so long to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally cast first votes in Trump impeachment trial," 21 Jan. 2020 Indeed, if Pelosi hadn’t delayed transmitting the articles in a futile attempt to pressure Mitch McConnell, the Senate trial could conceivably have ended before the release of the documents. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Botched Democratic Case for Witnesses," 17 Jan. 2020 Reuters/Jonathan Ernst The House votes today on transmitting articles of impeachment against US president Donald Trump to the Senate, for a trial to be presided over by Supreme Court chief justice John Roberts. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The Supreme Court chief has left clues about his views on impeachment," 15 Jan. 2020 Also Wednesday, the Assembly approved a pair of bills to help curb the spread of Lyme disease, which is transmitted by deer ticks and causes a skin rash, fever, headache and fatigue. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Assembly comes up short in trying to override Gov. Evers' veto on training for nurse aides," 15 Jan. 2020 The House plans to vote this week to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate for the historic trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over Trump’s actions toward Ukraine. Washington Post, "AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EST," 13 Jan. 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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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Transmit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 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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