com·mu·ni·cate /kəˈmjunəˌket/ 及物動詞
Com·mu·ni·cate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Communicated; p. pr. & vb. n. Communicating.]
1. To share in common; to participate in. [Obs.]
To thousands that communicate our loss. --B. Jonson
2. To impart; to bestow; to convey; as, to communicate a disease or a sensation; to communicate motion by means of a crank.
Where God is worshiped, there he communicates his blessings and holy influences. --Jer. Taylor.
3. To make known; to recount; to give; to impart; as, to communicate information to any one.
4. To administer the communion to. [R.]
She [the church] . . . may communicate him. --Jer. Taylor.
Note: ☞ This verb was formerly followed by with before the person receiving, but now usually takes to after it.
He communicated those thoughts only with the Lord Digby. --Clarendon.
Syn: -- To impart; bestow; confer; reveal; disclose; tell; announce; recount; make known.
Usage: -- To Communicate, Impart, Reveal. Communicate is the more general term, and denotes the allowing of others to partake or enjoy in common with ourselves. Impart is more specific. It is giving to others a part of what we had held as our own, or making them our partners; as, to impart our feelings; to impart of our property, etc. Hence there is something more intimate in imparting intelligence than in communicating it. To reveal is to disclose something hidden or concealed; as, to reveal a secret.
Com·mu·ni·cate, v. i.
1. To share or participate; to possess or enjoy in common; to have sympathy.
Ye did communicate with my affliction. --Philip. iv. 4.
2. To give alms, sympathy, or aid.
To do good and to communicate forget not. --Heb. xiii. 16.
3. To have intercourse or to be the means of intercourse; as, to communicate with another on business; to be connected; as, a communicating artery.
Subjects suffered to communicate and to have intercourse of traffic. --Hakluyt.
The whole body is nothing but a system of such canals, which all communicate with one another. --Arbuthnot.
4. To partake of the Lord's supper; to commune.
The primitive Christians communicated every day. --Jer. Taylor.
v 1: transmit information ; "Please communicate this message to
all employees" [syn: pass on, pass, put across]
2: transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his
anxieties to the psychiatrist" [syn: intercommunicate]
3: transfer to another; "communicate a disease" [syn: convey,
4: join or connect; "The rooms communicated"
5: be in verbal contact; interchange information or ideas; "He
and his sons haven't communicated for years"; "Do you
communicate well with your advisor?"
6: administer communion; in church [ant: excommunicate]
7: receive Communion, in the Catholic church [syn: commune]