transmit

verb
trans·​mit | \ tran(t)s-ˈmit, 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 , tranz-​ \ adjective
transmittal \ tran(t)s-​ˈmi-​tᵊl , 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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In 2015, Hill-Rom paid $2 billion for Welch Allyn Inc., a maker of diagnostic devices that could transmit data to electronic medical record systems. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "Hospital Beds Get Digital Upgrade," 9 Dec. 2018 The drugs work by impacting neurotransmitters, the chemicals that transmit messages between neurons, and may help reduce symptoms, the NIA says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Are There Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease to Watch For?," 28 Nov. 2018 Those stress hormones can start killing off dendrites — the little branches in brain cells that transmit messages. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: From ‘I alone can fix it’ to ‘Congress alone can fix it,’ Trump passes the buck on family separation," 19 June 2018 In fact, Sax considers DEET the gold standard against Aedes mosquitoes that can transmit a host of diseases (including Zika) as well as deer ticks, which often strike now through the end of summer. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "The Best Bug Sprays for a Bite-Proof Summer, According to the Pros," 18 June 2018 The sanctions are also intended to scuttle Russian efforts to track underwater communications cables that transmit much of the world’s data. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Treasury Dept. Hits Russia With New Sanctions," 11 June 2018 Mobile Passport is an app that easily transmits all that information to U.S. Customs and Immigration. Kim Komando, Fox News, "12 incredibly useful travel apps you didn't know about until now," 1 June 2018 Technological advances have also changed the police department's squad cars, which have evolved from having a single bubble light on the top of the car to having LED strobes that transmit 100 different patterns. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retiring Glendale Police Chief Thomas Czarnyszka says policing has changed greatly in 42 years on the job," 30 May 2018 To create his designs, Jarvis uses a tablet equipped with a digital pen that transmits his strokes to a program displayed on a computer monitor before him. Mitchell Kirk, Post-Tribune, "Logansport man finds passion designing for music industry," 18 May 2018

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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 \
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, tranz- \
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- \
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 \ adjective
transmittal \ -​ˈmit-​ᵊl \ noun

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