Translate communicate | into French | into German | into Italian | into Spanish
1 [no object] share or exchange information, news, or ideas:the prisoner was forbidden to communicate with his family [with object] impart or pass on (information, news, or ideas):he communicated his findings to the inspector [with object] convey or transmit (an emotion or feeling) in a nonverbal way:the ability of good teachers to communicate their own enthusiasm his sudden fear communicated itself succeed in conveying one’s ideas or in evoking understanding in others:a politician must have the ability to communicate (of two people) be able to share and understand each other’s thoughts and feelings. [with object]
(usually be communicated
) pass on (an infectious disease) to another person or animal.
[with object] transmit (heat or motion):the heat is communicated through a small brass grating
(often as adjective communicating
) (of two rooms) have a common connecting door:he went into the communicating room to pick up the phone
2 [no object] Christian Church receive Holy Communion.
and the related word communication
with a double m