- to impart knowledge of; make known: to communicate information; to communicate one's happiness.
- to give to another; impart; transmit: to communicate a disease.
- to administer the Eucharist to.
- Archaic. to share in or partake of.
- to give or interchange thoughts, feelings, information, or the like, by writing, speaking, etc.: They communicate with each other every day.
- to express thoughts, feelings, or information easily or effectively.
- to be joined or connected: The rooms communicated by means of a hallway.
- to partake of the Eucharist.
- Obsolete. to take part or participate.
Origin of communicate
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Examples from the Web for communicating
Nancy, on the other hand, was incapable of communicating her wishes.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
When the Internet was young and art was old, as has actually remained the case, we were promised new ways of communicating.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
November 1, 2014
As La Russa said, “Leading is about communicating and inspiring people throughout the organization to perform at their best.”Tony La Russa Explains How To Make It To The World Series
October 4, 2014
“I've been expecting that I would be hearing from and communicating with them,” he noted with a touch of sadness.Today’s Sperm Donor Isn’t a Broke 20-Something
September 20, 2014
FDR wanted to project easy grace rather than stiff formality—especially when communicating complicated matters.FDR: King of All Media
September 2, 2014
It is the manner of communicating these diseases; it is the subtle way in which they go about.Little Dorrit
Michaud, in communicating the news to them, did not conceal his delight.Therese Raquin
While he was there, Columbus, who had no means of communicating with him, sailed from Palos.
He did so, communicating to me the particulars of the conversation.
God is desirous of communicating Himself to us in a Personal manner.The Romance of the Soul
- making or having a direct connection from one room to anotherthe suite is made up of three communicating rooms
- to impart (knowledge) or exchange (thoughts, feelings, or ideas) by speech, writing, gestures, etc
- (tr usually foll by to) to allow (a feeling, emotion, etc) to be sensed (by), willingly or unwillingly; transmit (to)the dog communicated his fear to the other animals
- (intr) to have a sympathetic mutual understanding
- (intr usually foll by with) to make or have a connecting passage or route; connect
- (tr) to transmit (a disease); infect
- (intr) Christianity to receive or administer Communion
Word Origin and History for communicating
1520s, "to impart" (information, etc.), from Latin communicatus, past participle of communicare "impart, inform" (see communication). Meaning "to share, transmit" (diseases, etc.) is from 1530s. Related: Communicated; communicating.