- To transmit is to transfer, or cause something to be transferred from one person to another or one place to another.
- When you give someone a cold you have, this is an example of a situation where you transmit the cold virus.
- When you cause information to be shared with a new person, this is an example of a situation where you transmit information.
- When you broadcast a TV show, this is an example of a situation where you transmit the TV show.
transitive verbtransmitted, transmitting
- to send or cause to go from one person or place to another, esp. across intervening space or distance; transfer; dispatch; convey
- to pass along; impart (a disease, etc.)
- to hand down to others by heredity, inheritance, etc.
- to communicate (news, etc.)
- to cause (light, heat, sound, etc.) to pass through air or some other medium: the sun transmits heat and light
- to allow the passage of; conduct: water transmits sound
- to convey (force, movement, etc.) from one mechanical part to another
- to send out (radio or television broadcasts, etc.) by electromagnetic waves
Origin of transmitMiddle English transmitten ; from Classical Latin transmittere ; from trans-, trans- + mittere, to send: see mission
verbtrans·mit·ted, trans·mit·ting, trans·mits
- To send from one person, thing, or place to another; convey. See Synonyms at send1.
- To cause to spread; pass on: transmit an infection.
- a. To impart or convey to others by heredity.b. To impart or convey to others by inheritance.
- To pass along (news or information); communicate.
- a. Electronics To send (a signal), as by wire or radio.b. Physics To cause (a disturbance) to propagate through a medium.
- To convey (force or energy) from one part of a mechanism to another.
Origin of transmitMiddle English transmitten, from Latin trānsmittere : trāns-, trans- + mittere, to send.
(third-person singular simple present transmits, present participle transmitting, simple past and past participle transmitted)
- To send or convey something from one person, place or thing to another.
- To spread or pass on something such as a disease or a signal.
- To impart, convey or hand down something by inheritance or heredity.
- To communicate news or information.
- To convey energy or force through a mechanism.
- (intransitive) To send out a signal (as opposed to receive).