August 07, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
contagious /kənˈteɪʤəs/ adjective
Stay home when you're contagious.
Stay home when you're contagious.
Learner's definition of CONTAGIOUS

[more contagious; most contagious]

1 : able to be passed from one person or animal to another by touching

  • a contagious disease

  • It's a highly contagious virus.

2 : having a sickness that can be passed to someone else by touching

  • I have a cold and I'm still contagious.

  • I'm sick, but the doctor says I'm not contagious.

3 : capable of being easily spread to others : causing other people to feel or act a similar way

  • She has a contagious smile. [=her smile makes other people smile; her smile makes other people happy]

  • contagious enthusiasm/laughter

— contagiously adverb

— contagiousness noun, [noncount]

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