- 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 communicate
Citizens, perhaps, need to feel like they can communicate something to science.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
You will have your beloved father back sooner than you think, and you can visit and communicate with him all the while.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv
Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich
January 7, 2015
We also found messengers who could communicate the truth of our lives.Dear Evangelicals: You’re Being Had
November 30, 2014
As soon as I was able to communicate, I never said I wanted to be a girl.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All
November 26, 2014
Onion routers refers to the TOR network, a system that allows users to mask their location and communicate anonymously online.ISIS Keeps Getting Better at Dodging U.S. Spies
Shane Harris, Noah Shachtman
November 14, 2014
She must communicate the dread defiling fact with her own lips!
What she saw clear as day it could not be hard to communicate to one who loved as he loved!
Not hearing from you, we shall try to communicate this news in some other way.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
He says they would not want to communicate with us if they had such trivial things to say.'Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
But monsieur I have nothing to communicate to you concerning the disappearance of your friends.The Inn at the Red Oak
- 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 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.