[ kuh-myoo-ni-keyt ]
/ kəˈmyu nɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), com·mu·ni·cat·ed, com·mu·ni·cat·ing.

verb (used without object), com·mu·ni·cat·ed, com·mu·ni·cat·ing.

Origin of communicate

1520–30; < Latin commūnicātus, past participle of commūnicāre to impart, make common, equivalent to commūn(is) common + -icāre v. suffix

synonym study for communicate

1. Communicate, impart denote giving to a person or thing a part or share of something, now usually something immaterial, as knowledge, thoughts, hopes, qualities, or properties. Communicate, the more common word, implies often an indirect or gradual transmission: to communicate information by means of letters, telegrams, etc.; to communicate one's wishes to someone else. Impart usually implies directness of action: to impart information.

OTHER WORDS FROM communicate

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British Dictionary definitions for communicate

/ (kəˈmjuːnɪˌkeɪt) /


to impart (knowledge) or exchange (thoughts, feelings, or ideas) by speech, writing, gestures, etc
(tr usually foll by to) to allow (a feeling, emotion, etc) to be sensed (by), willingly or unwillingly; transmit (to) the dog communicated his fear to the other animals
(intr) to have a sympathetic mutual understanding
(intr usually foll by with) to make or have a connecting passage or route; connect
(tr) to transmit (a disease); infect
(intr) Christianity to receive or administer Communion

Derived forms of communicate

communicator, noun communicatory, adjective

Word Origin for communicate

C16: from Latin commūnicāre to share, from commūnis common