Communicate vs Dialog - What's the difference?

communicate | dialog |

As a verb communicate

is to impart.

As a noun dialog is





  • To impart
  • # To impart or transmit (information or knowledge) (to) someone; to make known, to tell.
  • It is vital that I communicate this information to you.
  • # To impart or transmit (an intangible quantity, substance); to give a share of.
  • to communicate motion by means of a crank
  • #* Jeremy Taylor
  • Where God is worshipped, there he communicates his blessings and holy influences.
  • # To pass on (a disease) to another person, animal etc.
  • The disease was mainly communicated via rats and other vermin.
  • To share
  • # (obsolete) To share (in); to have in common, to partake of.
  • We shall now consider those functions of intelligence which man communicates with the higher beasts.
  • #* Ben Jonson
  • thousands that communicate our loss
  • # (Christianity) To receive the bread and wine at a celebration of the Eucharist; to take part in Holy Communion.
  • #* 1971 , , Religion and the Decline of Magic , Folio Society 2012, p. 148:
  • The ‘better sort’ might communicate on a separate day; and in some parishes even the quality of the communion wine varied with the social quality of the recipients.
  • # (Christianity) To administer the Holy Communion to (someone).
  • #* Jeremy Taylor
  • She [the church] may communicate him.
  • # To express or convey ideas, either through verbal or nonverbal means; to have intercourse, to exchange information.
  • Many deaf people communicate with sign language.
  • I feel I hardly know him; I just wish he'd communicate with me a little more.
  • # To be connected (with) (another room, vessel etc.) by means of an opening or channel.
  • The living room communicates with the back garden by these French windows.
  • Hyponyms

    * See also



    Alternative forms

    * dialogue


    (en noun)
  • A conversation or other form of discourse between two or more individuals.
  • :* {{quote-book
  • , year=2008 , year_published= , edition= , editor= , author=Peter Kreeft , title=Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death , chapter= citation , genre= , publisher=InterVarsity Press , isbn=9780830834808 , page=10 , passage=The purpose of the dialog is not historical accuracy; the argument is all, as it is with Plato's Socrates. }}
  • In a dramatic or literary presentation, the verbal parts of the script or text; the verbalizations of the actors or characters.
  • :* {{quote-book
  • , year=2008 , year_published= , edition= , editor= , author=Jay Rose , title=Audio Postproduction for Film and Video , chapter=8 citation , genre=Motion Pictures , publisher=Focal Press , isbn=9780240809717 , page=18- , passage=Besides, a video post room's console is smaller than those used for film, and you couldn't squander a dozen or more channels on dialog . }}
  • A literary form, where the presentation resembles a conversation.
  • * 1475 , Higden's Polychronicon :
  • Seynte Aldelme returnyde to Briteyne..makenge mony noble bookes ... of the rewles of feete metricalle, of metaplasmus, of dialog metricalle.
  • (computing) A dialog box.
  • :* {{quote-book
  • , year=2010 , year_published= , edition= , editor= , author=John Walkenbach , title=Excel 2010 Bible , chapter= citation , genre= , publisher=John Wiley & Sons , isbn=9780470474877 , page=20 , passage=Navigating dialog boxes is generally very easy — you simply click the control you want to activate. }}


    * introspection * monolog * multilog

    Derived terms

    ( conversation or other form of discourse between two or more individuals) * dialogic * dialogical * dialogically * dialogism * dialogist * dialogistic * dialogistically * dialogize * modal dialog


    (en verb)
  • (informal, business) To discuss or negotiate so that all parties can reach an understanding.