- 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
1520–30; < Latin commūnicātus, past participle of commūnicāre to impart, make common, equivalent to commūn(is) common + -icāre v. suffix
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1. divulge, announce, disclose, reveal.
1. Communicate, impart denote giving to a person or thing a part or share of something, now usually something immaterial, as knowledge, thoughts, hopes, qualities, or properties. Communicate, the more common word, implies often an indirect or gradual transmission: to communicate information by means of letters, telegrams, etc.; to communicate one's wishes to someone else. Impart usually implies directness of action: to impart information.
1. withhold, conceal.
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- 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
C16: from Latin commūnicāre to share, from commūnis common
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Word Origin and History for over-communicate
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.
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