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Syllabification: trans·mit
Pronunciation: /tranzˈmit
, transˈmit

Definition of transmit in English:

verb (transmits, transmitting, transmitted)

[with object]
1Cause (something) to pass on from one place or person to another: knowledge is transmitted from teacher to student
More example sentences
  • It just needed to do one thing, and do it very well: Write and transmit text.
  • The tyranny of grammarians in a tradition that sets great store by orally transmitted knowledge is also absolute.
  • Before then, Japan had lacked a writing system and stories were transmitted orally.
transfer, pass on, hand on, communicate, convey, impart, channel, carry, relay, forward, dispatch;
disseminate, spread, circulate
1.1Broadcast or send out (an electrical signal or a radio or television program): the program was transmitted on October 7
More example sentences
  • Today it transmits radio and television broadcasts.
  • The packages have to be very light and the measuring device has to produce an electrical signal which can be transmitted by radio.
  • The state broadcaster has been transmitting the Angelus on television for 40 years and longer on radio.
1.2Pass on (a disease or trait) to another: (as adjective transmitted) sexually transmitted diseases
1.3Allow (heat, light, sound, electricity, or other energy) to pass through a medium: the three bones transmit sound waves to the inner ear
More example sentences
  • The moving electrons transmit electrical energy from one point to another.
  • A sound stimulus generator transmits acoustic energy into the canal while a vacuum pump introduces positive and negative pressures into the ear canal.
  • This top layer would act like a thermal blanket, transmitting solar energy to more pristine layers of snow just a few centimeters beneath.
1.4Communicate or be a medium for (an idea or emotion): the theatrical gift of being able to transmit emotion
More example sentences
  • Because our ideas and interests are transmitted to other people through the way we communicate, we're more apt to get our needs met if we are effective communicators.
  • The medium to transmit this terror can be religion, culture, technology, and ideology.
  • He is a wordsmith, a poet, and yet language fails him; through her singing she is able to transmit meaning and emotion.


late Middle English: from Latin transmittere, from trans- 'across' + mittere 'send'.



Pronunciation: /-ˌmisəˈbilitē/
(chiefly Medicine )
Example sentences
  • If you drop the viral load in an infected man or woman, then that also has an impact on the transmissibility of their virus to their sexual partners.
  • Kafka's real genius was that he tried something entirely new: he sacrificed truth for the sake of clinging to its transmissibility.
  • The transmissibility of the disease, however, is very heterogeneous, as many patients did not transmit the virus at all, whereas a few transmitted the virus to tens of individuals.


Pronunciation: /-ˈmisəbəl/
(chiefly Medicine )
Example sentences
  • But even though they are upset, most women actively cooperate with contact tracing and thus reduce transmissible infection in the community.
  • Plague is a deadly and easily transmissible infectious fever spread by fleas.
  • Blood is, then, collected into labelled glass tubes, and screened for transfusion transmissible infections.


Pronunciation: /-ˈmisiv/
Example sentences
  • Researchers have readily developed a transmissive polymer, but its useful lifetime, curtailed by photochemical darkening, is still insufficient by almost three orders of magnitude.
  • It provides a powerful method in laser assessment and alignment, and provides a diagnostic tool for measuring optical surfaces and transmissive components.
  • The interpretive and transmissive capabilities of the screen form an integral part of the viewing experience.


Example sentences
  • This disease is what is transmittable before it becomes symptomatic.
  • The fear is that human and bird flu virus could mix in pigs and form a strain more easily transmittable to humans.
  • We need to tackle the threat, not least to our security, posed by transmittable diseases.


Example sentences
  • Shall statements to private persons, made in circumstances suggesting likely transmittal to the authorities, be considered testimonial?
  • I think you will see something on what was the on the transmittal administrative law where they sort of fudged the question.
  • This technology can be very rightly applied to the transmittal of any business forms, including invoices and purchases orders.

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