communicate


communicate
communicate, impart mean to convey or transfer something (as information, feelings, or qualities) neither tangible nor concrete; they differ chiefly in emphasis, communicate stressing the result, impart rather the process, of the transfer.
To communicate (the more general term) is to make common to both parties or objects involved the knowledge or quality conveyed; to impart is to share with another what is regarded as primarily one's own
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the smoke imparted its odor to his clothes

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teaching is essentially an imparting of one's knowledge or skill to others

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I wonder do we ever succeed really in communicating our thoughts to one another— Shaw

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you are worth to society the happiness you are capable of impartingHolland

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Analogous words: acquaint, apprise, inform, advise, notify: tell, disclose, *reveal, divulge, discover: convey, *transfer
Contrasted words: conceal, *hide: *suppress, repress: withhold, hold, hold back, keep back, reserve (see KEEP)

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  • Communicate — Com*mu ni*cate (k[o^]m*m[=u] n[i^]*k[=a]t ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Communicated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Communicating}.] [L. communicatus, p. p. of communicare to communicate, fr. communis common. See {Commune}, v. i.] 1. To share in common; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Communicate — Com*mu ni*cate, v. i. 1. To share or participate; to possess or enjoy in common; to have sympathy. [1913 Webster] Ye did communicate with my affliction. Philip. iv. 4. [1913 Webster] 2. To give alms, sympathy, or aid. [1913 Webster] To do good… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • communicate — I verb acquaint, advertise, advise, announce, apprise, articulate, assert, bandy words, breathe, bring word, broadcast, commerce with, commune, communicare, confabulate, converse, convey, correspond, deal with, declare, demonstrate, disclose,… …   Law dictionary

  • communicate — [v1] give or exchange information, ideas acquaint, advertise, advise, announce, be in touch, betray, break, broadcast, carry, connect, contact, convey, correspond, declare, disclose, discover, disseminate, divulge, enlighten, get across, get… …   New thesaurus

  • communicate to — index caution Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • communicate — 1520s, to impart (information, etc.), from L. communicat , pp. stem of communicare (see COMMUNICATION (Cf. communication)). Meaning to share, transmit (diseases, etc.) is from 1530s. Related: Communicated; communicating …   Etymology dictionary

  • communicate — ► VERB 1) share or exchange information or ideas. 2) pass on, transmit, or convey (an emotion, disease, heat, etc.). 3) (communicating) (of two rooms) having a common connecting door. 4) receive Holy Communion. DERIVATIVES communicator noun …   English terms dictionary

  • communicate — [kə myo͞o′ni kāt΄] vt. communicated, communicating [< L communicatus, pp. of communicare, to impart, share, lit., to make common < communis,COMMON] 1. to pass along; impart; transmit (as heat, motion, or a disease) 2. to make known; give… …   English World dictionary

  • communicate */*/ — UK [kəˈmjuːnɪkeɪt] / US [kəˈmjunɪˌkeɪt] verb Word forms communicate : present tense I/you/we/they communicate he/she/it communicates present participle communicating past tense communicated past participle communicated Metaphor: When people… …   English dictionary

  • communicate — com|mu|ni|cate [ kə mjunı,keıt ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to express thoughts, feelings, or information to someone else, for example, by speaking or writing: How do whales communicate? communicate something to someone: The… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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