[trans-mit, tranz-]

verb (used with object), trans·mit·ted, trans·mit·ting.

verb (used without object), trans·mit·ted, trans·mit·ting.

to send a signal by wire, radio, or television waves.
to pass on a right or obligation to heirs or descendants.

Nearby words

  1. transmission line,
  2. transmissive,
  3. transmissively,
  4. transmissivity,
  5. transmissometer,
  6. transmittal,
  7. transmittance,
  8. transmittancy,
  9. transmitter,
  10. transmittivity

Origin of transmit

1350–1400; Middle English transmitten < Latin trānsmittere to send across, equivalent to trāns- trans- + mittere to send

1. transfer, remit. 2. bear.

Related forms

Synonym study

2. See carry. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for retransmitted


verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted

(tr) to pass or cause to go from one place or person to another; transfer
(tr) to pass on or impart (a disease, infection, etc)
(tr) to hand down to posterity
(tr; usually passive) to pass (an inheritable characteristic) from parent to offspring
to allow the passage of (particles, energy, etc)radio waves are transmitted through the atmosphere
  1. to send out (signals) by means of radio waves or along a transmission line
  2. to broadcast (a radio or television programme)
(tr) to transfer (a force, motion, power, etc) from one part of a mechanical system to another
Derived Formstransmittable or transmittible, adjectivetransmittal, noun

Word Origin for transmit

C14: from Latin transmittere to send across, from trans- + mittere to send

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Word Origin and History for retransmitted



c.1400, from Latin transmittere "send across, transfer, pass on," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + mittere "to send" (see mission). Related: Transmitted; transmitting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for retransmitted


[trăns-mĭt, trănz-]


To send from one person, thing, or place to another; convey.
To cause to spread; pass on.
To impart or convey to others by heredity or inheritance; hand down.
Related formstrans•mitta•ble adj.

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