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"communicate" in British English

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communicateverb

uk   /kəˈmjuː.nɪ.keɪt/  us   /kəˈmjuː.nə.keɪt/
  • communicate verb (SHARE INFORMATION)

B1 [I or T] to ​shareinformation with ​others by ​speaking, writing, ​movingyourbody, or using other ​signals: We can now communicate ​instantly withpeople on the other ​side of the ​world. Unable to ​speak a word of the ​language, he communicated with (= using) his ​hands. Has the ​news been communicated to the ​staffyet? As an ​actor he could communicate a ​wholerange of ​emotions.
B2 [I] to ​talk about ​yourthoughts and ​feelings, and ​help other ​people to ​understand them: I ​find I just can't communicate with her.

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  • communicate verb (DISEASE)

[T] specialized medical to ​pass a ​disease from one ​person or ​animal to another
  • communicate verb (ROOMS)

[I] formal If one ​room communicates with another, it ​connects with it through a ​door: The ​bedroom communicates with both ​bathroom and ​hall. communicating ​rooms
(Definition of communicate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"communicate" in American English

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communicateverb [I/T]

 us   /kəˈmju·nɪˌkeɪt/
to give ​messages or ​information to ​others through ​speech, writing, ​bodymovements, or ​signals: [T] She said we should communicate ​ourrequests in writing ​rather than over the ​telephone.
If two ​people communicate with each other, they are ​able to ​understand each other and have a ​satisfactoryrelationship: [I] The ​playdeals with the ​inability of ​people to communicate with the ​people they ​love.
(Definition of communicate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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