Meaning of “communicate” in the English Dictionary

"communicate" in British English

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uk /kəˈmjuː.nɪ.keɪt/ us /kəˈmjuː.nə.keɪt/

communicate verb (SHARE INFORMATION)

B1 [ I or T ] to share information with others by speaking, writing, moving your body, or using other signals:

We can now communicate instantly with people 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 staff yet?
As an actor he could communicate a whole range of emotions.

B2 [ I ] to talk about your thoughts and feelings, and help other people to understand them:

I find I just can't communicate with her.

More examples

  • She went to see a clairvoyant who said he could communicate with her dead husband.
  • She is that rare animal , a brilliant scientist who can communicate her ideas to ordinary people.
  • Having knowledge is one thing but being able to communicate it to others is another kettle of fish.
  • His skill lies in his ability to communicate quite complex ideas very simply.
  • Coming up after the break, we have a man who claims he can communicate with fish.

(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, body movements, or signals:

[ T ] She said we should communicate our requests in writing rather than over the telephone.

If two people communicate with each other, they are able to understand each other and have a satisfactory relationship:

[ I ] The play deals with the inability of people to communicate with the people they love.

(Definition of “communicate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)