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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Internet reliability is a potential problem, as is the need to transmit accurate location data and a callback number to emergency call takers, emergency communications professionals say. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Alexa Can Do Many Things But Won’t Call 911," 6 Nov. 2018 The two satellites that make up Sentinel-1 use synthetic aperture radar to image the entire Earth every six days, transmitting the data to ground stations in Italy, Spain, and Norway. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Oops! Civilian Satellite Data Inadvertently Pinpoints Military Radars," 24 Oct. 2018 Until 1977, when the experiment ended, the probes transmitted raw temperature data back to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, where the data was recorded on magnetic tapes. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Astronauts’ Footprints May Have Warmed the Moon," 14 June 2018 Cycling computers, such as those by Garmin, transmit data wirelessly via Bluetooth and ANT+, and cellphones have built-in GPS locators and Bluetooth connectivity. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Can Ford and Trek Save Cyclists' Lives?," 16 May 2018 Instead, the researchers collected ice cores for analysis and installed weather and ice-monitoring devices, which transmit real-time data back to lab headquarters in Copenhagen. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "Something Stirs: What Will Happen as Permafrost Thaws?," 15 May 2018 Hawthorne enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at 17 and became part of a famed group of Navajos who transmitted hundreds of messages in their language without error. kansascity, "Final chapters for April 29, 2018: Charles Neville, Verne Troyer, Bob Dorough | The Kansas City Star," 29 Apr. 2018 Pirelli is going further with a new system called Cyber Car, which embeds sensors into the tires themselves, to transmit much more data to the vehicle, and to you. Jack Stewart, Wired News, "7 Future-Revealing Details From the 2018 Geneva Motor Show," 11 Mar. 2018 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

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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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