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.
  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.

Origin of communicate

1520–30; < Latin commūnicātus, past participle of commūnicāre to impart, make common, equivalent to commūn(is) common + -icāre v. suffix
Related formsnon·com·mu·ni·cat·ing, adjectiveo·ver·com·mu·ni·cate, verb, o·ver·com·mu·ni·cat·ed, o·ver·com·mu·ni·cat·ing.pre·com·mu·ni·cate, verb, pre·com·mu·ni·cat·ed, pre·com·mu·ni·cat·ing.un·com·mu·ni·cat·ing, adjectivewell-com·mu·ni·cat·ed, adjective

Synonyms for communicate

Synonym study

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.

Antonyms for communicate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for over-communicate


  1. to impart (knowledge) or exchange (thoughts, feelings, or ideas) by speech, writing, gestures, etc
  2. (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
  3. (intr) to have a sympathetic mutual understanding
  4. (intr usually foll by with) 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
Derived Formscommunicator, nouncommunicatory, adjective

Word Origin for communicate

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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