- The definition of communicate means to exchange ideas or make something known.
An example of to communicate is to call a friend on the phone.
- to pass along; impart; transmit (as heat, motion, or a disease)
- to make known; give (information, signals, or messages)
Origin: ; from Classical Latin communicatus, past participle of communicare, to impart, share, literally , to make common ; from communis, common
- to receive Holy Communion
- to give or exchange information, signals, or messages in any way, as by talk, gestures, or writing
- to have a sympathetic or meaningful relationship
- to be connected: the living room communicates with the dining room
- communicator noun
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verb com·mu·ni·cat·ed, com·mu·ni·cat·ing, com·mu·ni·cates verb, transitive
- a. To convey information about; make known; impart: communicated his views to our office.b. To reveal clearly; manifest: Her disapproval communicated itself in her frown.
- To spread (a disease, for example) to others; transmit: a carrier who communicated typhus.
- To have an interchange, as of ideas.
- 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).
- Ecclesiastical To receive Communion.
- To be connected, one with another: apartments that communicate.
Origin: Latin commūnicāre, commūnicāt-, from commūnis, common; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.