• (RP) IPA: /kənˈteɪdʒəs/


  1. (of a disease) Easily transmitted to others.
    Synonyms: catching, infectious
    The flu was so contagious that everybody in town got sick!
  2. (figurative) Easily passed on to others.
    Synonyms: infectious
    Wearing jeans was a contagious fad at that time.
  3. (of a person) Having a disease that can be transmitted to another person.
    They were highly contagious, spreading bacteria to other people.
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