commu-, comm-

(Latin: common, universal, public; multitude and common people)

communer (s) (noun), communers (pl)
An individual or individuals who speak and share thoughts and information with each other: "The professor and her students were noted communers, often meeting in the local coffee shop to continue discussions about their assignments."
communicability (s) (noun), communicabilities (pl)
The process by which data, disease, etc. can be transmitted from one location to another: The epidemiologist studied the communicability of a recently discovered virus.
communicable (adjective), more communicable, most communicable
Descriptive of that which can readily be passed between one location or person to another: "Measles is a very communicable disease; infected persons should stay away from other people."
communicably (adverb)
A reference to that which moves easily from one place to another one: "The rare virus communicably transmitted itself to a new species and made it difficult to identify and to control."
communicant (s) (noun), communicants (pl)
1. Anyone who receives or is entitled to receive a religious Communion: There was a special ceremony for the new communicants at the neighbourhood church.
2. A person, especially an informant, who transmits data or information to others: Adam's instructions were to wait until the new communicant contacted him before making further plans.
communicate (kuh MYOO ni kayt") (verb), communicates; communicated; communicating
1. To give or to interchange thoughts, feelings, information, or the like, by writing, speaking, etc.: Please plan to communicate with Sam via his cellphone while he is on his holidays.
2. To express thoughts, feelings, or information easily or effectively: The doctor was able to communicate the significant medical information to his patient.
communication (s) (noun), communications (pl)
1. The imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs: The communication of the president’s speech was done with a fax machine.
2. The process or act of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or to exchange information or to express one's ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc. to another person or to people: There was a well planned schedule for the communication of sensitive data to the new officials.
3. Etymology: from Latin communicare, "to share, to divide out"; literally "to make common".
communications (adjective), more communications, most communications
1. A reference to the discipline that studies the principles of transmitting information and the methods by which it is delivered: In Tom's communications class, students studied the science and technology of providing information; especially, by electronic means; such as, print, computer, radio, television, etc.
2. Related to the academic study of the various forms or means of transmitting data and information to others; such as, with print or broadcasting or any of the various professions involved with the transmission of information; including, advertising, broadcasting, or journalism: The communications professor at the university helped his students to improve their abilities to share data with various agencies.
3. Pertaining to the employment in science and technology of information that is collected from an originating source, then transformed into electric currents or fields, transmitted over electrical networks or space to another point, and reconverted into a form suitable for interpretation by human receivers: In the present day, communications sources in electronics is the primary method for the transferring important data that is to be interpreted by human viewers and readers.

Significant financial investments in the communications industry are being made around the world.

communicative (adjective), more communicative, most communicative
Ready to exchange thoughts and ideas: "Eve was in the most communicative mood she had been in for a long time."
communicatively (adverb)
Descriptive of the ability to share information readily and unreservedly: "Adam used a dictionary in order to communicatively describe his ideas."
communicator (s) (noun), communicators (pl)
An individual or a device that is able to tell or to transmit information to others: "The communicator which the disabled person used to talk with his family was the invention of his neighbor who was himself a great verbal communicator."
communion (s) (noun), communions (pl)
1. A shared discourse between individuals or among several individuals: "The friends shared a compatible communion among themselves."
2. A ceremony among some religious groups whereby a spiritual leader blesses and shares bread and wine with a congregation: "One by one the members of the church received communion from their priest."
communique, communiqué (s) (noun), communiques (pl)
A dispatch or an account of information typically sent in haste to a recipient: Adam received a communiqué from his daughter to tell him that her passport had been stolen.
A communication or item of information that is spoken or written as an official notification.
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communism (s) (noun)
1. A theoretical economic system in which property is owned by a collectives, not by individuals: "The students’ project was to use the concepts of communism to develop a summer experiment in collective living on campus."
2. When capitalized, a system of government that exerts a centralized control over economic, educational, and all matters affecting the population: "The university students studied Eastern European Communism in their class about comparative governments."
communist (s) (noun), communists (pl)
An individual who adheres to or practices the governing policies of collective control or ownership of aspects of social, economic, and political life: "As a communist, Jean's uncle was in favor of farm collectives and not of individual land owners."