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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Plus, a ham radio can be interfaced with a computer or tablet to send data, texts, images, or Morse code, which makes them even more valuable and versatile than other types of two-way radios that are only capable of transmitting audio. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Choose a Two-Way Radio," 10 Dec. 2018 In this case, the car was incapable of transmitting log data to our servers, which has prevented us from reviewing the vehicle’s data from the accident. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Another Tesla with Autopilot crashed into a stationary object—the driver is suing," 30 Oct. 2018 The legal and medical fields both continue to rely heavily on fax machines to conduct business, since they are widely considered to be a more secure form of transmitting sensitive information and signatures compared to email. Miranda Moore, The Seattle Times, "What you need to do if your fax machine or all-in-one printer is vulnerable to hackers," 14 Aug. 2018 Additionally, the available treatments for HIV infection are so effective that, when the medication regimen is taken as prescribed by their HIV clinician, people living with HIV can live long healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV to others. SELF, "Here's Why Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates Are So High, According to STI Experts," 8 Jan. 2019 But like people are saying, the rats are probably transmitting whatever was left over from season 2 in the tunnels. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Stranger Things 3" Poster Has Fans Speculating About a New Monster," 2 Jan. 2019 But like people are saying, the rats are probably transmitting whatever was left over from season 2 in the tunnels. Lauren Rearick, Glamour, "Stranger Things Fans Already Have Tons of Theories About the Season 3 Poster," 2 Jan. 2019 In theory, there’s little reason the technique shouldn’t work against Google Authenticator and other 2fa apps that either transmit a one-time password or ask people to click an approval button. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Iranian phishers bypass 2fa protections offered by Yahoo Mail and Gmail," 13 Dec. 2018 But the most important thing is to use barrier methods such as condoms and dental dams, to really reduce (but not totally eliminate) the risk of transmitting and contracting herpes or any other kind of STD. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "What Is Herpes and How Do I Know if I Have It?," 11 Dec. 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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