from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To convey information about; make known; impart: communicated his views to our office.
  • transitive v. To reveal clearly; manifest: Her disapproval communicated itself in her frown.
  • transitive v. To spread (a disease, for example) to others; transmit: a carrier who communicated typhus.
  • intransitive v. To have an interchange, as of ideas.
  • intransitive 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).
  • intransitive v. Ecclesiastical To receive Communion.
  • intransitive v. To be connected, one with another: apartments that communicate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To impart or transmit (to another); to give a share of.
  • v. To impart information or knowledge of; to make known, to tell.
  • v. To share (in); to have in common, to partake of.
  • v. To receive or take part in Holy Communion.
  • v. To express or convey ideas, either through verbal or nonverbal means; to have intercourse, to exchange information.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To share or participate; to possess or enjoy in common; to have sympathy.
  • intransitive v. To give alms, sympathy, or aid.
  • intransitive v. To have intercourse or to be the means of intercourse; ; to be connected.
  • intransitive v. To partake of the Lord's supper; to commune.
  • transitive v. To share in common; to participate in.
  • transitive v. To impart; to bestow; to convey.
  • transitive v. To make known; to recount; to give; to impart.
  • transitive v. To administer the communion to.

from The 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.
  • Communicative.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


Latin commūnicāre, commūnicāt-, from commūnis, common; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin commūnicātus, perfect passive participle of commūnicō ("share, impart; make common"), from commūnis ("common"). (Wiktionary)



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