Definition of transmit in English:


verbtransmitted, transmitting, transmits

[with object]
  • 1Cause (something) to pass on from one person or place to another.

    ‘knowledge is transmitted from teacher to pupil’
    ‘sexually transmitted diseases’
    • ‘Barley yellow dwarf virus is transmitted by aphids.’
    • ‘One important consideration is the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).’
    • ‘With the exception of HIV infection and some cases of hepatitis B, most people with a sexually transmitted infection are not admitted to hospital.’
    • ‘Take, for example, malaria, which involves infection by a parasite transmitted by mosquitoes.’
    • ‘We are hopelessly dependent on imported oil, are at increasing risk of a dangerous shortage of natural gas, and have an antiquated system for transmitting electricity.’
    • ‘Syphilis is an uncommon sexually transmitted infection that can cause serious problems if left untreated.’
    • ‘The problem needs to be addressed as soon as possible, because worms are easily transmitted to humans.’
    • ‘Medical evaluation including sexually transmitted disease testing and genetic screening will be required of donor participants.’
    • ‘Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial pathogen in the United States.’
    • ‘Syphilis is a bacterial infection usually transmitted by sexual contact.’
    • ‘In the United Kingdom most cases of sexually transmitted infections are treated at genitourinary medicine clinics.’
    • ‘We also thank all the nurses in the 3 sexually transmitted disease clinics for participating in the study.’
    • ‘Contraceptive implants and injections do not protect either partner against infection of sexually transmitted diseases.’
    • ‘The FDA ordered the ads changed within 90 days to include information about the dangers of transmitting the virus and its deadly nature.’
    • ‘The all-female condition has been consistently transmitted maternally to offspring for 22 generations.’
    • ‘It has a portable X-ray, sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment, and diabetes screening.’
    • ‘Rabies, an RNA virus, is most commonly transmitted by animal bites.’
    • ‘Herpes infections are transmitted by direct contact with an infected person.’
    • ‘Tuberculosis is easily transmitted through the air.’
    • ‘For example, a patient's death in a Colorado hospital was attributed to an infection transmitted by a reprocessed cardiac catheter.’
    • ‘Around 40 per cent of the world's population is at risk from malaria transmitted by mosquitoes.’
    transfer, pass on, hand on, communicate, convey, impart, channel, carry, bear, relay, dispatch, mediate
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    1. 1.1 Communicate or be a medium for (an idea or emotion)
      ‘the theatrical gift of being able to transmit emotion’
      • ‘The actors in her book, those who are the secondary witnesses, were born after the event hut carry the ache and anxiety and confusion that was transmitted to them intergenerationally.’
      • ‘Gregorian chants would be written to resonate and transmit these subtle energies more clearly.’
      • ‘Fortunately, we live in an age with a very powerful, decentralized medium for transmitting ideas: the Internet.’
      • ‘There seems to be an idea that harm, and responsibility for harm, is transmitted pathologically from generation to generation.’
      • ‘He is a wordsmith, a poet, and yet language fails him; through her singing she is able to transmit meaning and emotion.’
      • ‘The tension and excitement of a packed house can be transmitted into a living room thousands of miles away; likewise, the hollow sound of a few hands clapping can drain the spectacle of all life.’
      • ‘What is clear is that Strauss took great pains to recruit disciples who could transmit his ideas to future generations of impressionable young philosophers.’
      • ‘Is it possible to transmit even really exciting ideas about math or science in the context of a drama?’
      • ‘The perception that has been transmitted is one of blasé indifference: independence is a tussle only relevant for those above a certain age.’
      • ‘The ones about unmediated experience: the idea that raw emotions are transmitted live.’
      • ‘The medium to transmit this terror can be religion, culture, technology, and ideology.’
      • ‘Any disunity in the staffroom could quickly transmit itself to the classroom and begin to affect the pupils.’
      • ‘To successfully flirt you need to feel good about yourself before you are able to transmit this ‘feel good’ factor to the opposite sex.’
      • ‘Oral culture remained of particular importance in transmitting ideas in African communities.’
      • ‘Because our ideas and interests are transmitted to other people through the way we communicate, we're more apt to get our needs met if we are effective communicators.’
  • 2Broadcast or send out (an electrical signal or a radio or television programme)

    ‘the programme was transmitted on 7 October’
    • ‘The state broadcaster has been transmitting the Angelus on television for 40 years and longer on radio.’
    • ‘Some of the data from these and other experiments were transmitted to Earth during Columbia's mission.’
    • ‘The higher the voltage, the better it transmits over distances.’
    • ‘Certain TV compressions only transmit what moves between frames rather than the whole frame again.’
    • ‘Morse code was again to be used to transmit the first radio waves across the Atlantic by Marconi in 1901.’
    • ‘Multiple wavelengths, or channels, can now be transmitted over long distances operating at 10 Gbps.’
    • ‘Instead, the base station directly transmits the information to the operator.’
    • ‘The signals are transmitted either by satellite or microwave or by undersea cable.’
    • ‘He transmitted on all frequencies, but there was no response.’
    • ‘Today it transmits radio and television broadcasts.’
    • ‘These satellites continuously transmit radio signals back to Earth.’
    • ‘In 1969, the first pictures of Mars were transmitted to earth by the spacecraft Mariner 6.’
    • ‘You get to hear from folks transmitting on other frequencies.’
    • ‘Radar signals were transmitted to both Venus and Mercury, as the planets were about to pass behind the Sun.’
    • ‘Based in Lyon, France, it transmits around the world in seven languages.’
    • ‘And this begs the question: is there a way to transmit a signal such that the location of the transmitter cannot be discovered?’
    • ‘The radios will still transmit Mayday signals and vessel identification data but won't send GPS coordinates.’
    • ‘Panic seized the US capital Wednesday and was transmitted in amplified form to the entire country via the broadcast airwaves.’
    • ‘The race was first transmitted on BBC Radio in 1926.’
    • ‘So conceivably one image per second could be transmitted to Earth.’
    • ‘From Earth a signal with a very precise frequency is transmitted to the spacecraft, and a transponder aboard the spacecraft sends it back.’
    • ‘The packages have to be very light and the measuring device has to produce an electrical signal which can be transmitted by radio.’
    broadcast, relay, send out, put on air, put on the air, air, televise, radio, telecast, videocast, podcast, show, publish, emit, wire, beam, pipe, live-stream
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  • 3Allow (heat, light, sound, electricity, or other energy) to pass through a medium.

    ‘the three bones transmit sound waves to the inner ear’
    • ‘In that technique, an optical fiber is used to transmit light from a specially coated lens.’
    • ‘The moving electrons transmit electrical energy from one point to another.’
    • ‘Engineered hardwood floors, laminate floors and ceramic tile floors obviously transmit much more sound than carpet, because they are hard solid surfaces.’
    • ‘This top layer would act like a thermal blanket, transmitting solar energy to more pristine layers of snow just a few centimeters beneath.’
    • ‘These enhanced sound waves are then transmitted to the implant and electrodes electromagnetically or through a wired connection.’
    • ‘Optic neuritis is due to inflammation of the optic nerve, which transmits light and visual images from the retina to the brain.’
    • ‘Pascal's principle put more simply, basically means that an incompressible fluid transmits pressure.’
    • ‘Because glass does not transmit infrared radiation very efficiently, refracting telescopes are unsuitable for most kinds of infrared astronomy.’
    • ‘A short pulse or wave of electromagnetic radiation is transmitted from the system into the ground.’
    • ‘This is made up of three bones that transmit sound from the eardrum (the tympanic membrane) to the inner ear.’
    • ‘There they became the anvil and the hammer, minute bones that transmit sound from the eardrum to the stirrup bone and, ultimately, to the inner ear.’
    • ‘During that time, sensor data are wirelessly transmitted from a small device worn on the arm to a pager-like unit with a display.’
    • ‘Light from a semiconductor laser is transmitted through the atomic vapor.’
    • ‘A small ear bone called the stirrup that helps transmit sound to the inner ear.’
    • ‘As compaction begins, the sensor transmits voltage based on the pressure wave amplitude of the compaction process.’
    • ‘This type of detector typically has limited efficiency because some photons are reflected from the front surface and others are transmitted all the way through the tungsten.’
    • ‘A sound stimulus generator transmits acoustic energy into the canal while a vacuum pump introduces positive and negative pressures into the ear canal.’
    • ‘So supersymmetry relates the particles that transmit forces to the particles that make up matter.’
    • ‘You don't want every word or sound to be transmitted, do you?’
    • ‘Ideally, the material in your apartment wall reflects the sound waves of your neighbor's loud music away from your living space, or at least transmits them at a much lower level.’
    • ‘As the ultrasound energy is transmitted through the tissue by the sending crystal, some is dissipated, some refracted, and some reflected back to the receiving crystal.’
    • ‘According to quantum mechanics, a single photon passing through a beam splitter takes both the reflected and transmitted paths simultaneously.’
    • ‘Fiberoptics are unreliable for transmitting the polarization (electric field orientation) of light.’


Late Middle English: from Latin transmittere, from trans- ‘across’ + mittere ‘send’.