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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Communicate

COMMUNICATE, verb transitive

1. To impart; to give to another, as a partaker; to confer for joint possession; to bestow, as that which the receiver is to hold, retain, use or enjoy; with to.

Where God is worshiped, there he communicates his blessings and holy influences.

Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teacheth in all good things. Galatians 6:6.

2. To impart reciprocally, or mutually; to have or enjoy a share of; followed by with.

Common benefits are to be communicated with all, but peculiar benefits with choice.

But Diamede desires my company,

And still communicates his praise with me.

3. To impart, as knowledge; to reveal; to give, as information, either by words, signs or signals; as, to communicate intelligence, news, opinions, or facts.

Formerly this verb had with before the person receiving; as, he communicated those thoughts only with the Lord Digby. Clarendon. But now it has to only.

4. To deliver, as to communicate a message; to give, as to communicate motion.

COMMUNICATE, verb intransitive

1. To partake of the Lords supper. Instead of this, in America, at least in New England, commune is generally or always used.

2. To have a communication or passage from one to another; to have the means of passing from one to another; as, two houses communicate with each other; a fortress communicates with the country; the canals of the body communicate with each other.

3. To have intercourse; applied to persons.

4. To have, enjoy or suffer reciprocally; to have a share with another.

Ye have done well that ye did communicate with my affliction. Philippians 4:14.