verb (used with object), trans·mit·ted, trans·mit·ting.

  1. to send or forward, as to a recipient or destination; dispatch; convey.
  2. to communicate, as information or news.
  3. to pass or spread (disease, infection, etc.) to another.
  4. to pass on (a genetic characteristic) from parent to offspring: The mother transmitted her red hair to her daughter.
  5. Physics.
    1. to cause (light, heat, sound, etc.) to pass through a medium.
    2. to convey or pass along (an impulse, force, motion, etc.).
    3. to permit (light, heat, etc.) to pass through: Glass transmits light.
  6. Radio and Television. to emit (electromagnetic waves).

verb (used without object), trans·mit·ted, trans·mit·ting.

  1. to send a signal by wire, radio, or television waves.
  2. to pass on a right or obligation to heirs or descendants.

verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted

  1. (tr) to pass or cause to go from one place or person to another; transfer
  2. (tr) to pass on or impart (a disease, infection, etc)
  3. (tr) to hand down to posterity
  4. (tr; usually passive) to pass (an inheritable characteristic) from parent to offspring
  5. to allow the passage of (particles, energy, etc)radio waves are transmitted through the atmosphere
    1. to send out (signals) by means of radio waves or along a transmission line
    2. to broadcast (a radio or television programme)
  6. (tr) to transfer (a force, motion, power, etc) from one part of a mechanical system to another

c.1400, from Latin transmittere “send across, transfer, pass on,” from trans- “across” (see trans-) + mittere “to send” (see mission). Related: Transmitted; transmitting.


  1. To send from one person, thing, or place to another; convey.
  2. To cause to spread; pass on.
  3. To impart or convey to others by heredity or inheritance; hand down.
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