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 an Enhanced Session, the virtual machine transmits a variation of RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol, Microsoft's protocol for Windows' Remote Desktop features) directly to the hypervisor, which then delivers it to the Hyper-V client. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Running Ubuntu VMs on Windows just got a whole lot more streamlined," 18 Sep. 2018 Thirty-six to 48 hours of feeding is typically required for a tick to have fed and then transmit the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Ask the expert: With Lyme disease on the rise, here's how you can protect yourself," 3 July 2018 Rackspace activated its Everbridge system and transmitted warnings to those employees, and within eight minutes all were accounted for. Hiawatha Bray,, "At Everbridge, tracking bad news is good business," 8 July 2018 To reach this surrogate heaven, the hosts must transmit their minds to Forge computers and leave their physical bodies behind. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 10: What Is Real?," 25 June 2018 Generally, ham radios transmit by bouncing signals off a layer of the earth’s atmosphere. Martin E. Comas,, "Ham radio operators enjoy hobby in age of cell phones and internet," 21 June 2018 On Monday, a federal jury found Sparks guilty of six counts of theft of trade secrets, six counts of uploading trade secrets and one count of transmitting trade secrets. Matthew Ormseth,, "Former Employee Of Groton Defense Contractor Requests New Trial After Conviction For Stealing Navy Secrets," 12 July 2018 But these days around 80% of 911 calls come from cellphones, and even though mobile devices are capable of transmitting their location, that information isn’t available to 911 dispatchers. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "Cellphone Calls to 911 Can Be Catastrophically Bad. Apple Has a Plan to Fix Them.," 18 June 2018 Other sites said proper treatment would almost eliminate her risk of transmitting the virus to her husband, who was uninfected, or their baby. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Russia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic is getting worse, not better," 11 June 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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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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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