communicate Definition

  • 1share or exchange information, news, or ideas
  • 2convey or transmit (an emotion or feeling) in a non-verbal way
  • 3make an idea or situation clear to someone

Using communicate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "communicate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We need to communicate more effectively as a team.

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    He communicated his disappointment with a frown.

  • Example

    The instructions were not clearly communicated to the students.

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    She communicates well in several languages.

  • Example

    The painting communicates a sense of peace and tranquility.

communicate Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for communicate

Antonyms for communicate

Idioms Using communicate

  • to successfully communicate an idea or message to someone


    I had to repeat myself several times to get the message across to him.

  • to keep someone informed about something


    Make sure to keep me in the loop about any changes to the schedule.

  • talk turkey

    to speak frankly and directly about a topic


    Let's talk turkey about how we can improve our sales numbers.

Phrases with communicate

  • to talk or exchange messages with someone


    I need to communicate with my boss about this issue.

  • to convey or make something clear to someone


    I tried to communicate my concerns to the manager, but he didn't seem to understand.

  • to use a particular method or medium to convey a message


    In the past, people communicated by means of letters and telegrams.

Origins of communicate

from Latin 'communicare', meaning 'to share'


Summary: communicate in Brief

To 'communicate' [kəˈmjuːnɪkeɪt] is to share or exchange information, news, or ideas. It can also refer to conveying emotions or making an idea clear to someone. Examples include 'We need to communicate more effectively as a team,' and 'The painting communicates a sense of peace and tranquility.' Phrases like 'communicate with' and 'communicate something to someone' are common, as are idioms like 'get the message across,' meaning to successfully communicate an idea.

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