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1Engage in two-way communication.‘Dr Haber gazed at this while intercommunicating with his receptionist’
cooperate, work together, collaborateView synonyms
- ‘What could be more conventional than the taps on the wall by which prisoners in neighboring cells intercommunicate in code?’
- ‘But this thing they call ‘spiritualism,’ wherein a medium intercommunicates with the dead, is a fraud from start to finish.’
- ‘Roberta Brinton, at the University of Southern California, has succeeded in growing neurons in a cell culture on electronic chips that can intercommunicate.’
2often as adjective intercommunicating(of two rooms) have a common connecting door.
- ‘The spacious sitting room has a marble fireplace, patio doors, bay window and intercommunicating doors to the dining room which has a tiled floor, two velux roof windows, patio doors and is open plan to the kitchen.’
Late 16th century: from Anglo-Latin intercommunicat- ‘mutually communicated’, from the verb intercommunicare.
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