communication

noun

com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio)
1
a
: a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior
the function of pheromones in insect communication
also : exchange of information
b
: personal rapport
a lack of communication between old and young persons
2
a
: information communicated : information transmitted or conveyed
b
: a verbal or written message
The captain received an important communication.
3
communications plural
a
: a system (as of telephones or computers) for transmitting or exchanging information
wireless electronic communications
b
: a system of routes for moving troops, supplies, and vehicles
c
: personnel engaged in communicating : personnel engaged in transmitting or exchanging information
4
communications plural in form but singular or plural in construction
a
: a technique for expressing ideas effectively (as in speech)
b
: the technology of the transmission of information (as by print or telecommunication)
5
: an act or instance of transmitting
the communication of disease
6
anatomy : a connection between bodily parts
Surprisingly little is known about the communication between the alveolar and terminal bronchiolar surfaces …Richard C. Boucher
communicational adjective

Examples of communication in a Sentence

Communication between children in the class was not prohibited but was afforded time slots … Jonathan Kozol, Harper's, September 2005
It's not an oral communication. It's body language, eye contact, the grinning, the little signals that go on between people. Keith Richards, quoted in Rolling Stone, 14-28 July 1994
If the book is good and even if one is reading to oneself, what is happening is a very special sort of social event, a communication between writer and reader … Walker Percy, "Another Message In The Bottle," in Signposts in a Strange Land1991
This is a secret and confidential communication which I am trusting you to answer on the sly. Alexander Woollcott, letter, 20 Oct. 1934
Whom else had she to open her heart to? If she did not need counsel, she must need the comfort of communication. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814
You don't talk to him, he talks at you. You scream and shout at each other, but there's no communication. Zadie Smith, White Teeth
He is studying insect communication. There was a breakdown in communication between members of the group. television and other means of mass communication Communications is a growing industry. He majored in communications in college.
Recent Examples on the Web Her position also puts her at the top of intergovernmental affairs, the Office of Language Access, the Panel for Educational Policy and the communications team. Cayla Bamberger, New York Daily News, 8 July 2024 She was diagnosed with a host of issues including PTSD and an expressive communication disorder. Jennifer Brookland, Detroit Free Press, 7 July 2024 Emhoff tested positive on Saturday after experiencing mild symptoms, Liza Acevedo, the communications director for the second gentleman, said in a statement, which noted that he is fully vaccinated and has received three booster shots. Kaia Hubbard, CBS News, 7 July 2024 An hour before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, its government operatives hacked Viasat’s satellite-internet services to cut off communications and create confusion in Ukraine. Patrick Lin, Professor Of Philosophy, Discover Magazine, 6 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for communication 

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Word History

Etymology

see communicate

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Time Traveler
The first known use of communication was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near communication

Cite this Entry

“Communication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communication. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio)
1
: an act or instance of transmitting
2
: information communicated : message
received an important communication
3
: an exchange of information
4
plural
a
: a system (as of telephones) for sending and receiving messages
b
: a system of routes for moving troops, supplies, and vehicles

Medical Definition

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio)
1
: the act or process of transmitting information (as about ideas, attitudes, emotions, or objective behavior)
nonverbal interpersonal communication
emotional communication between parent and childG. S. Blum
: as
a
: exchange of information between individuals through a common system of signs, symbols, or behavior
pictorial representation is a usable channel of communication between humans and the chimpanzee
the function of pheromones in insect communication
b
: personal rapport
a lack of communication between young and old persons
2
: information communicated
3
: a connection between bodily parts
an artificial communication between the esophagus and the stomach

Legal Definition

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio)
: the expression to another of information or thoughts through speech, writing, or gestures see also confidential communication, privileged communication
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