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verb communicate pronunciation in American English /kəˈmjunɪˌkeɪt/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecommunicating
past tensecommunicated
past participlecommunicated
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to express thoughts, feelings, or information to another person or animal, for example by speaking or writing

    How do whales communicate?

    communicate something to someone:

    The information was communicated to officials in July 1981.

    communicate with:

    They communicate with each other via e-mail.

    communicate to someone that:

    Can you somehow communicate to him that we're not interested?

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to make someone understand an emotion or idea without expressing it in words

      She has an amazing ability to communicate enthusiasm.

      communicate something to someone:

      He could communicate a feeling of intense excitement to his audiences.

    2. b.


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