transmit

verb
trans·​mit | \ tran(t)s-ˈmit How to pronounce transmit (audio) , 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 How to pronounce transmit (audio) , tranz-​ \ adjective
transmittal \ tran(t)s-​ˈmi-​tᵊl How to pronounce transmit (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web Houseflies transmit more than 60 diseases, including cholera, dysentery and salmonella. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "The buzz about San Antonio’s houseflies is that they suck — big time," 9 Dec. 2020 Infected humans who work in the farms transmit the virus to captive minks, which are housed in close quarters ideal for rapid transmission from mink to mink. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Spread of mutated coronavirus in Danish mink ‘hits all the scary buttons,’ but fears may be overblown," 5 Nov. 2020 As mentioned, bones can potentially transmit diseases. Tim Macwelch/outdoor Life, Popular Science, "Bone broth will sustain you at home and in the wild. Here’s how to make it.," 5 Oct. 2020 As mentioned, bones can potentially transmit diseases. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Let’s Cut The B.S. Around Bone Broth. Here’s What it is and How to Make it Yourself," 30 Sep. 2020 The quick-reflex tires and always-right shocks transmit a tight, in-touch-with-the-road sensation that used to be pretty much the exclusive property of German cars. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1989 Cadillac Allanté vs. Mercedes-Benz 560SL," 17 Sep. 2020 Small sensors and trackers that are attached to their bodies and the tops of their heads, like tiny hats, transmit information from dives — depth, lateral distance, water temperature, salinity — that gets filed into open-access databases. Oliver Whang New York Times, Star Tribune, "How 14 elephants seals assisted an Antarctic ice study," 27 Aug. 2020 The females transmit the virus directly to offspring, and their eggs can survive years of drought—a typical occurrence in this region. Lois Parshley, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Is Making It Harder to Predict Outbreaks," 1 May 2018 These mutations may allow the variant to replicate and transmit more efficiently, said Muge Cevik, an infectious disease expert at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a scientific adviser to the British government. Apoorva Mandavilli New York Times, Star Tribune, "The coronavirus is mutating. What does that mean for us?," 20 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of transmit was in the 15th century

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7 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Transmit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transmit. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for transmit

transmit

verb
How to pronounce transmit (audio)

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 How to pronounce transmit (audio) \
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
trans·​mit | \ tran(t)s-ˈmit How to pronounce transmit (audio) , tranz- How to pronounce transmit (audio) \
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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trans·​mit | \ tranz-ˈmit, trans- How to pronounce transmit (audio) \
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 How to pronounce transmit (audio) \ adjective
transmittal \ -​ˈmit-​ᵊl How to pronounce transmit (audio) \ noun

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