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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That included more than 3,500 voters on the MVA’s list of people whose address change or party switch information wasn’t properly transmitted to the elections board between April 2017 and June of this year, officials said. Michael Dresser,, "Thousands of Maryland voters may have skipped primary because of MVA election error," 13 July 2018 Any pressure applied to part of the mat causes a distortion in the fibres and a consequent change in the amount of light transmitted. The Economist, "The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks," 12 July 2018 That was followed by intensive courses in transmitting messages and radio operation at the Fleet Marine Force Training Center at Camp Elliot. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Code Talkers created an unbreakable code. It helped win World War II," 11 July 2018 Legionnaires’ disease is caused by a type of bacterium found in the environment and transmitted by breathing in a contaminated mist or vapor, occurring more often in hot and humid weather, according to health officials. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, "9 sickened by Legionnaires' disease across McHenry County; public health officials investigating," 11 July 2018 In Wisconsin, there are at least 16 species of tick, but not all of them transmit disease to humans. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reducing your risk of Lyme disease as the threat increases," 10 July 2018 The team estimated that this could lead to a mutation being transmitted to about 73% of a female mouse’s offspring, on average, instead of the usual 50% for most genes operating under the normal rules of inheritance. Ewen Callaway, Scientific American, "Controversial CRISPR “Gene Drives” Tested in Mammals for the First Time," 10 July 2018 People who understand how insects transmit disease can take steps to protect themselves. Jack Payne,, "Insects as art: How Florida can overcome the yuck factor," 9 July 2018 Serena seems to be under the impression that a rebellious nature is infectious, and June will somehow transmit her spirit to Holly through touch., "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 12: Gilead's Romeo & Juliet," 4 July 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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Phrases Related to transmit

sexually transmitted disease

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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 \
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


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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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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