Definition of transmit in English:

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Pronunciation: /tranzˈmit/
Pronunciation: /transˈmit/

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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
broadcast, relay, send out, air, televise
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
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  • 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
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /tranzˌmisəˈbilədē/
Pronunciation: /tran(t)sˌmisəˈbilədē/
(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: /tranzˈmisəbəl/
Pronunciation: /tran(t)sˈmisəbəl/
(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: /tranzˈmisiv/ Pronunciation: /tran(t)sˈmisiv/
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.


Pronunciation: /tranzˈmidəbəl/ Pronunciation: /tran(t)sˈmidəbəl/
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.


Pronunciation: /tranzˈmidl/
Pronunciation: /tran(t)sˈmidl/
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.


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

  • permit from Late Middle English:

    This word was originally used in the sense ‘commit, hand over’: it is from Latin permittere, from per- ‘through’ and mittere ‘send, let go’. ‘Written order giving permission’ is recorded from the early 18th century. Permission and permissive are also late Middle English. Permissive society dates from the 1970s. Latin mittere is the base of a number of other Latin words found in English such as admit with ad ‘to’; submit from sub ‘under’; transmit from trans ‘across’. All are Late Middle English.

Words that rhyme with transmit

acquit, admit, backlit, bedsit, befit, bit, Brit, Britt, chit, commit, demit, dit, emit, fit, flit, frit, git, grit, hit, intermit, it, kit, knit, legit, lickety-split, lit, manumit, mishit, mitt, nit, omit, outsit, outwit, permit, pit, Pitt, pretermit, quit, remit, retrofit, sit, skit, slit, snit, spit, split, sprit, squit, submit, twit, whit, wit, writ, zit

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Syllabification: trans·mit

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