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communicate (something) to (someone)

To tell or otherwise convey something to someone. You must communicate your needs to people if you want them to help you! I hope you communicated a sense of urgency to Joanna when you assigned this project to her.
See also: communicate, to

communicate with (one)

1. To talk to one. Well, if you didn't communicate with him, how was he supposed to know what you needed?
2. To convey a message to and be understood by another person. Even though they've been married for years, they still sometimes have a hard time communicating with each other.
See also: communicate

let alone

1. verb To stop bothering someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "let" and "alone." Why do you keep picking at that scab on your knee? Let it alone already! For the last time, let your brother alone—he needs to study!
2. expression Not to mention. The phrase is used to emphasize that if other more significant or pressing things are not possible or cannot be accommodated, a lesser thing certainly is not or cannot either. I hardly had time to brush my teeth this morning, let alone do my hair! We can't afford a vacation, let alone a trip to Disney World.
See also: alone, let
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communicate something to someone

to say or write something to someone; to tell someone something. Will you please communicate my regards to her? I intend to communicate your request to the front office this morning.
See also: communicate, to

communicate with someone

1. Lit. to correspond or talk with a person. I have to communicate with Wally first. As soon as I have communicated with Fred, I can give you an answer.
2. Fig. to make oneself understood with a person. (Often used with a negative.) I just don't seem to communicate with Sam, no matter what I do. We just can't seem to communicate with each other.
See also: communicate

let alone someone or something

not to mention or think of someone or something; not even to take someone or something into account. (Fixed order.) Do I have a dollar? I don't even have a dime, let alone a dollar. I didn't invite John, let alone the rest of his family.
See also: alone, let

let someone or something alone

 and leave someone or something alone; leave someone or something be
to avoid touching, bothering, or communicating with someone or something. Leave me alone. I don't want your help. Let it alone! Don't touch it! It may be hot!
See also: alone, let
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

let alone

2. Not to mention, as in We have no room for another house guest, let alone an entire family. [c. 1800]
See also: alone, let
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

let aˈlone

used after a statement to emphasize that because the first thing is not true or possible, the next thing cannot be true or possible either: I wouldn’t speak to him, let alone trust him or lend him money.She didn’t even apologize, let alone offer to pay for the damage.
See also: alone, let
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

let alone

Not to mention; much less: "Their ancestors had been dirt poor and never saw royalty, let alone hung around with them" (Garrison Keillor).
See also: alone, let
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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World-class organizations know that hierarchy, cumbersome policies, elaborate approval processes and rigid reporting relationships represent organizational garbage that communicates that speed, customer responsiveness and value are not important.
Overuse or misuse of graphic devices can look cheesy and fail to communicate.
People will communicate not by physcial address, which is now what telephone numbers amount to.
Then I went to school and forced myself to stand up and communicate. My fellow students laughed at first but they soon started applauding because I was changing minds and influencing people.
CPC is also authorized to formulate FEI position statements on matters affecting private and closely held companies and to communicate those positions to appropriate sources, internally and externally.
Communication training sessions were held where managers learned how to conduct effective meetings and communicate more effectively.
When launching a mobile technology initiative, "get the support of the entire university; communicate and market the program," says Maura Woods, director of applications for the IT department at St.
Other ways to communicate concern include providing financial information about retirement investments, offering fitness and stress-reduction classes, and having a guidance counselor available to advise parents about college admissions and costs.
In the replicated data approach, as P (number of processors) increases, [t.sub.cpu] goes down, but we still have to communicate the same amount of information (proportional to N (number of particles), so it doesn't scale).
That is, I will illustrate how Black Speak acts to communicate a "truth" (i.e., convey a shared counter-cultural consciousness within personal and mass-mediated settings).
Both music and spoken language rely on the organization of sound to communicate. In the case of spoken languages, the arrangements of sounds chosen by each community of speakers to denote things and ideas might seem completely random.
Private loop devices communicate to other devices on the loop by discovering every other device.
If a CPA does not communicate a tax advice document to the taxpayer-client, but retains it in his file, and if the document is closely related in time and material to the tax discussion, under Swidler it may qualify for the Confidentiality Privilege.
The speed at which a computer runs graphic-intensive applications also depends on its local bus speed--the rate that the CPU communicates with the hard drive.
Limon said that his art "is in essence non-academic; in principle, experimental; in practice, eclectic [diverse] and inclusive." This communicates the spirit of the program.
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