v. com·mu·ni·cat·ed, com·mu·ni·cat·ing, com·mu·ni·cates
a. To convey information about; make known; impart: communicated his views to our office.
b. To reveal clearly; manifest: Her disapproval communicated itself in her frown.
2. To spread (a disease, for example) to others; transmit: a carrier who communicated typhus.
1. To have an interchange, as of ideas.
2. 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).
3. Ecclesiastical To receive Communion.
4. To be connected, one with another: apartments that communicate.
[Latin commūnicāre, commūnicāt-, from commūnis, common; see mei-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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