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UK [kəˈmjuːnɪkeɪt] / US [kəˈmjunɪˌkeɪt] verb
Word forms "communicate":
present tense I/you/we/they communicate he/she/it communicates present participle communicating past tense communicated past participle communicated
Metaphor:
When people communicate, it is as if their thoughts and ideas travel between one person and the other, or are sent from one person to another. Sometimes it's hard to get your ideas across. He's brilliant at putting his message across. What message does this film send to the general public? I don't know what I have to do to get through to her. Could you pass on the message? Please convey our good wishes to all the other members. Thanks to the Internet, their ideas are now reaching a wider audience. We must keep the channels of communication open. Parents are naturally anxious to transmit their values to their children.  language
1) [intransitive/transitive] to express thoughts, feelings, or information to another person or animal, for example by speaking or writing

How do whales communicate?

communicate something to someone:

The information was communicated to officials in July 1981.

communicate with:

They communicate with each other via email.

communicate to someone that:

Can you somehow communicate to him that we're just not interested?

a) [intransitive/transitive] to make someone understand an emotion or idea without expressing it in words

She has an amazing ability to communicate enthusiasm.

communicate something to someone:

He could communicate a feeling of intense excitement to his audiences.

b) [intransitive] to let someone know what you are feeling or thinking, so that you have a good relationship

She says that they no longer seem to communicate.

2) [intransitive] if one room communicates with another, or if two rooms communicate, you can get into one room from the other

The two rooms communicate via a hidden doorway.

a communicating door (= between two rooms):

He saw the handle of the communicating door start to turn.

3) [transitive, usually passive] medical to pass a disease from one person or animal to another

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Communicate — Com*mu ni*cate, v. i. 1. To share or participate; to possess or enjoy in common; to have sympathy. [1913 Webster] Ye did communicate with my affliction. Philip. iv. 4. [1913 Webster] 2. To give alms, sympathy, or aid. [1913 Webster] To do good… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • communicate — I verb acquaint, advertise, advise, announce, apprise, articulate, assert, bandy words, breathe, bring word, broadcast, commerce with, commune, communicare, confabulate, converse, convey, correspond, deal with, declare, demonstrate, disclose,… …   Law dictionary

  • communicate — communicate, impart mean to convey or transfer something (as information, feelings, or qualities) neither tangible nor concrete; they differ chiefly in emphasis, communicate stressing the result, impart rather the process, of the transfer. To… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • communicate — [v1] give or exchange information, ideas acquaint, advertise, advise, announce, be in touch, betray, break, broadcast, carry, connect, contact, convey, correspond, declare, disclose, discover, disseminate, divulge, enlighten, get across, get… …   New thesaurus

  • communicate to — index caution Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • communicate — 1520s, to impart (information, etc.), from L. communicat , pp. stem of communicare (see COMMUNICATION (Cf. communication)). Meaning to share, transmit (diseases, etc.) is from 1530s. Related: Communicated; communicating …   Etymology dictionary

  • communicate — ► VERB 1) share or exchange information or ideas. 2) pass on, transmit, or convey (an emotion, disease, heat, etc.). 3) (communicating) (of two rooms) having a common connecting door. 4) receive Holy Communion. DERIVATIVES communicator noun …   English terms dictionary

  • communicate — [kə myo͞o′ni kāt΄] vt. communicated, communicating [< L communicatus, pp. of communicare, to impart, share, lit., to make common < communis,COMMON] 1. to pass along; impart; transmit (as heat, motion, or a disease) 2. to make known; give… …   English World dictionary

  • communicate — com|mu|ni|cate [ kə mjunı,keıt ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to express thoughts, feelings, or information to someone else, for example, by speaking or writing: How do whales communicate? communicate something to someone: The… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English