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[ kuh-myoo-ni-keyt ]

verb (used with object)

, com·mu·ni·cat·ed, com·mu·ni·cat·ing.
  1. to impart knowledge of; make known:

    to communicate information;

    to communicate one's happiness.

    Synonyms: reveal, disclose, announce, divulge

    Antonyms: conceal, withhold

  2. to give to another; impart; transmit:

    to communicate a disease.

  3. to administer the Eucharist to.
  4. Archaic. to share in or partake of.

verb (used without object)

, com·mu·ni·cat·ed, com·mu·ni·cat·ing.
  1. to give or interchange thoughts, feelings, information, or the like, by writing, speaking, etc.:

    They communicate with each other every day.

  2. to express thoughts, feelings, or information easily or effectively.
  3. to be joined or connected:

    The rooms communicated by means of a hallway.

  4. to partake of the Eucharist.
  5. Obsolete. to take part or participate.


/ kəˈmjuːnɪˌkeɪt /


  1. to impart (knowledge) or exchange (thoughts, feelings, or ideas) by speech, writing, gestures, etc
  2. trusually foll byto to allow (a feeling, emotion, etc) to be sensed (by), willingly or unwillingly; transmit (to)

    the dog communicated his fear to the other animals

  3. intr to have a sympathetic mutual understanding
  4. intrusually foll bywith to make or have a connecting passage or route; connect
  5. tr to transmit (a disease); infect
  6. intr Christianity to receive or administer Communion

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Derived Forms

  • comˈmunicatory, adjective
  • comˈmuniˌcator, noun

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Other Words From

  • noncom·muni·cating adjective
  • over·com·muni·cate verb overcommunicated overcommunicating
  • precom·muni·cate verb precommunicated precommunicating
  • uncom·muni·cating adjective
  • well-com·muni·cated adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of communicate1

First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin commūnicātus “imparted,” past participle of commūnicāre “to impart, make common,” equivalent to commūn(is) common + -icāre, verb suffix

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Word History and Origins

Origin of communicate1

C16: from Latin commūnicāre to share, from commūnis common

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Synonym Study

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.

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Example Sentences

Citizens, perhaps, need to feel like they can communicate something to science.

You will have your beloved father back sooner than you think, and you can visit and communicate with him all the while.

We also found messengers who could communicate the truth of our lives.

As soon as I was able to communicate, I never said I wanted to be a girl.

Onion routers refers to the TOR network, a system that allows users to mask their location and communicate anonymously online.

And now, monsieur, if you will communicate to me the nature of your affair, you shall find me entirely at your service.

Terror and fascination caught him; he turned away lest she should reach his secret and communicate her own.

Tredwell enters, and seems to have something of importance to communicate to Sir Rupert in private.

The channel lies between two sandbanks, which communicate with either shore.

The vicar never presumed to enter his wife's room without knocking; he evidently had something to communicate.