1. divulge, announce, disclose, reveal. 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.
1520s, "to impart" (information, etc.), from L. communicat-, pp. stem of communicare (see communication). Meaning "to share, transmit" (diseases, etc.) is from 1530s. Related: communicated (pp. adj., 1680s); communicating (1550s).