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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Recent Examples on the Web Then, the New York Times reports, the lander stopped transmitting data, leaving scientists and space enthusiasts following the mission in real-time unsure of whether the craft had crashed or simply lost communication. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "India Locates Lost Lunar Lander but Struggles to Reestablish Contact," 9 Sep. 2019 As if that wasn’t bad enough, the devices transmitted all data in plaintext using commands that were easy to reverse engineer. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "600,000 GPS trackers for people and pets are using 123456 as a password," 5 Sep. 2019 Whether or not Hong Kong’s lampposts actually transmit data as some believe, for protesters, the threat of Chinese surveillance and an unrestrained police state is politically compelling. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "Why Hong Kongers Are Toppling Lampposts," 30 Aug. 2019 In the small cell system a group of small antennas with more limited range transmits the same cell data as one large tower. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Frustrated county supervisors adopt ordinance regulating cell antennas for 5G networks," 7 Aug. 2019 The unmanned American space probe Ranger 7 reaches the moon, transmitting photos back to Earth before impacting the lunar surface. Fox News, "This Day in History: July 31," 31 July 2019 Moreover, there is now also evidence that Manafort transmitted internal Trump campaign polling data to Ukrainians and a Russian oligarch. David French, Time, "Mueller's Testimony Didn't Move Us Toward Impeachment. But It Should Make Us Determined to Vote Trump Out," 25 July 2019 The Guard said the drone had been carrying out regular surveillance when the USS Boxer arrived, and transmitted photos of the ship. Amir Vahdat And David Rising, chicagotribune.com, "Iran denies Trump’s claim that U.S. shot down Iranian drone," 19 July 2019 The Guard said the drone had been carrying out regular surveillance when the USS Boxer arrived, and transmitted photos of the ship. Robert Burns, Fortune, "Trump Says U.S. Destroyed Iranian Drone. Iran Says It Didn’t Happen," 19 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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The first known use of transmit was in the 15th century

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transmit

verb
How to pronounce transmit (audio)

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
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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