American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To convey information about; make known; impart: communicated his views to our office.
- v. To reveal clearly; manifest: Her disapproval communicated itself in her frown.
- v. To spread (a disease, for example) to others; transmit: a carrier who communicated typhus.
- v. To have an interchange, as of ideas.
- v. To express oneself in such a way that one is readily and clearly understood: "That ability to communicate was strange in a man given to long, awkward silences” ( Anthony Lewis).
- v. Ecclesiastical To receive Communion.
- v. To be connected, one with another: apartments that communicate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give to another as a partaker; bestow or confer in joint possession; impart knowledge or a share of: as, to communicate intelligence, news, opinions, or facts; to communicate a disease: with to (formerly with) before the person receiving.
- To share in or participate; have in common.
- To administer the eucharist or communion to.
- Synonyms Communicate, Impart. These words agree in expressing the sharing of something with another, generally something not concrete, as information, news, hope, fears. Impart may be used of things concrete, as food. As to things intangible, communicate is the more general, and impart expresses more of the idea of sharing or intimacy. We may communicate unconsciously; we impart by intention.
- To have a share; take part; participate: followed by in, formerly also by with, before the thing shared.
- To have a connecting passage or means of transition; have communication: said of things, and generally followed by with: as, the lake communicates with the sea by means of the river.
- To have or hold intercourse or interchange of thoughts: said of persons.
- To partake of the Lord's supper or communion: used absolutely or followed by with.
- Communicated; shared.
- v. transitive To impart or transmit (to another); to give a share of.
- v. transitive To impart information or knowledge of; to make known, to tell.
- v. transitive, archaic To share (in); to have in common, to partake of.
- v. intransitive To receive or take part in Holy Communion.
- v. intransitive To express or convey ideas, either through verbal or nonverbal means; to have intercourse, to exchange information.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To share in common; to participate in.
- v. To impart; to bestow; to convey.
- v. To make known; to recount; to give; to impart.
- v. rare To administer the communion to.
- v. To share or participate; to possess or enjoy in common; to have sympathy.
- v. To give alms, sympathy, or aid.
- v. To have intercourse or to be the means of intercourse; ; to be connected.
- v. To partake of the Lord's supper; to commune.
- v. transfer to another
- v. transmit thoughts or feelings
- v. be in verbal contact; interchange information or ideas
- v. join or connect
- v. administer Communion; in church
- v. receive Communion, in the Catholic church
- v. transmit information
- From Latin commūnicātus, perfect passive participle of commūnicō ("share, impart; make common"), from commūnis ("common"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin commūnicāre, commūnicāt-, from commūnis, common; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“—STEVE CASE, CHAIRMAN, AMERICA ONLINE he root of the word communicate, the Latin communis, means to partake or share, the same as in words like community and communion.”
“I also compile lots of research to back or inform the ideas that I hope to communicate from a more personal perspective.”
“I think the ability to communicate is often referred to and talked about and is vital to success, but I think that it may even be trumped by the ability to listen and hear from what your players are experiencing and make judgments on that to move forward.”
“From being mainly reliant upon a laptop or netbook to keep in touch, I am now able to communicate from a pocket-sized device whenever I want and wherever I happen to be.”
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“Using flutes, whistles, and drums to communicate is a very old idea.”
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