communicate

com|mu|ni|cate
W3S3 [kəˈmju:nıkeıt] v
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1¦(exchange information)¦
2¦(tell people something)¦
3¦(understand)¦
4¦(disease)¦
5¦(rooms)¦
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[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of communicare 'to give information, take part', from communis; COMMON1]
1.) ¦(EXCHANGE INFORMATION)¦ [I and T]
to exchange information or conversation with other people, using words, signs, writing etc
We communicated mostly by e-mail.
communicate with
People use more than words when they communicate with each other.
communicate sth to sb
The decision was communicated to our staff late in 1998.
2.) ¦(TELL PEOPLE SOMETHING)¦ [I and T]
to express your thoughts and feelings clearly, so that other people understand them
A baby communicates its needs by crying.
communicate sth to sb
Without meaning to, she communicated her anxiety to her child.
His enthusiasm communicated itself to the voters.
A teacher must be able to communicate effectively to students.
3.) ¦(UNDERSTAND)¦ [I]
if two people communicate, they are able to talk about and understand each other's feelings or desires
Many couples make themselves miserable by not communicating.
communicate with
Parents sometimes find it difficult to communicate with their teenage children.
4.) ¦(DISEASE)¦ [T usually passive]
to pass a disease from one person or animal to another
5.) ¦(ROOMS)¦ [I]
if rooms or parts of a building communicate, you can get directly to one from the other
communicating doors

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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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

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  • 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

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