communicate

[kuh-myoo-ni-keyt]
verb (used with object), communicated, communicating.
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), communicated, communicating.
5.
to give or interchange thoughts, feelings, information, or the like, by writing, speaking, etc.: They communicate with each other every day.
6.
to express thoughts, feelings, or information easily or effectively.
7.
to be joined or connected: The rooms communicated by means of a hallway.
8.
to partake of the Eucharist.
9.
Obsolete. to take part or participate.

Origin:
1520–30; < Latin commūnicātus, past participle of commūnicāre to impart, make common, equivalent to commūn(is) common + -icāre v. suffix

noncommunicating, adjective
overcommunicate, verb, overcommunicated, overcommunicating.
precommunicate, verb, precommunicated, precommunicating.
uncommunicating, adjective
well-communicated, adjective


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.


1. withhold, conceal.
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communicate (kəˈmjuːnɪˌkeɪt)
 
vb (usually foll by to) (usually foll by with)
1.  to impart (knowledge) or exchange (thoughts, feelings, or ideas) by speech, writing, gestures, etc
2.  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.  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
 
[C16: from Latin commūnicāre to share, from commūniscommon]
 
com'municator
 
n
 
com'municatory
 
adj

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communicate
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).
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