[trans-mit, tranz-]
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verb (used with object), trans·mit·ted, trans·mit·ting.
  1. to send or forward, as to a recipient or destination; dispatch; convey.
  2. to communicate, as information or news.
  3. to pass or spread (disease, infection, etc.) to another.
  4. to pass on (a genetic characteristic) from parent to offspring: The mother transmitted her red hair to her daughter.
  5. Physics.
    1. to cause (light, heat, sound, etc.) to pass through a medium.
    2. to convey or pass along (an impulse, force, motion, etc.).
    3. to permit (light, heat, etc.) to pass through: Glass transmits light.
  6. Radio and Television. to emit (electromagnetic waves).
verb (used without object), trans·mit·ted, trans·mit·ting.
  1. to send a signal by wire, radio, or television waves.
  2. to pass on a right or obligation to heirs or descendants.

Origin of transmit

1350–1400; Middle English transmitten < Latin trānsmittere to send across, equivalent to trāns- trans- + mittere to send
Related formstrans·mit·ta·ble, trans·mit·ti·ble, adjectivenon·trans·mit·ti·ble, adjectivepre·trans·mit, verb (used with object), pre·trans·mit·ted, pre·trans·mit··trans·mit, verb (used with object), re·trans·mit·ted, re·trans·mit·ting.un·trans·mit·ted, adjective

Synonyms for transmit

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1. transfer, remit. 2. bear.

Synonym study

2. See carry. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for transmitting

Contemporary Examples of transmitting

Historical Examples of transmitting

  • Then followed the experiment of transmitting a selected line in a book.


    W. W. Baggally

  • The strength of the rope is known and its transmitting power is also known.

  • Itself colourless, it has the property of transmitting colours.

  • The complexity is transferred from capturing the image to transmitting and viewing it.

  • Had it been transmitting then, the autopilot would simply have homed on it.

    Pushbutton War

    Joseph P. Martino

British Dictionary definitions for transmitting


verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted
  1. (tr) to pass or cause to go from one place or person to another; transfer
  2. (tr) to pass on or impart (a disease, infection, etc)
  3. (tr) to hand down to posterity
  4. (tr; usually passive) to pass (an inheritable characteristic) from parent to offspring
  5. 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)
  6. (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for transmitting



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

transmitting in Medicine


[trăns-mĭt, trănz-]
  1. To send from one person, thing, or place to another; convey.
  2. To cause to spread; pass on.
  3. To impart or convey to others by heredity or inheritance; hand down.
Related formstrans•mitta•ble adj.
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