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[kuh-myoo-ni-keyt] /kəˈmyu nɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), communicated, communicating.
to impart knowledge of; make known:
to communicate information; to communicate one's happiness.
to give to another; impart; transmit:
to communicate a disease.
to administer the Eucharist to.
Archaic. to share in or partake of.
verb (used without object), communicated, communicating.
to give or interchange thoughts, feelings, information, or the like, by writing, speaking, etc.:
They communicate with each other every day.
to express thoughts, feelings, or information easily or effectively.
to be joined or connected:
The rooms communicated by means of a hallway.
to partake of the Eucharist.
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 forms
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. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for communicating


making or having a direct connection from one room to another: the suite is made up of three communicating rooms


to impart (knowledge) or exchange (thoughts, feelings, or ideas) by speech, writing, gestures, etc
(transitive) 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
(intransitive) to have a sympathetic mutual understanding
(intransitive) usually foll by with. to make or have a connecting passage or route; connect
(transitive) to transmit (a disease); infect
(intransitive) (Christianity) to receive or administer Communion
Derived Forms
communicator, noun
communicatory, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin commūnicāre to share, from commūniscommon
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Word Origin and History for communicating



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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