To transmit; (in later use usually) to communicate (a tradition or elements of it).
Especially in translations of or references to Latin, or with direct reference to the word tradition.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Tomlinson (fl. 1657). From classical Latin trādit-, past participial stem of trādere to hand over, deliver, to relate, to tell of from trans- + dare to give, probably partly after tradition.