communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio) \

Definition of communication

1a : 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
2a : 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

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Other Words from communication

communicational \ kə-​ˌmyü-​nə-​ˈkā-​shnəl How to pronounce communicational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for communication

Synonyms

dispatch, message

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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.
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My job—my entire dream of what my life would be—centered on language, on communication. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke Speaks Out About Surviving Two Brain Aneurysms," 21 Mar. 2019 Details regarding staff positions were also revealed, including the appointment of a new communications secretary for Meghan and Harry. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What It Really Means that Prince Harry and Prince William's Royal Households Are Splitting," 15 Mar. 2019 Regular communications should cover everything from work progress to delays to potential problems to contractor or homeowner concerns. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "How To Form A Great Relationship With Your Contractor," 26 Dec. 2018 Mentorship can also increase self confidence, boost communication skills, and enhance leadership qualities that'll benefit girls throughout their careers. Shannon Willoby, Redbook, "Why Girls Need More Mentors in STEM," 8 Mar. 2019 The Spurs coach quickly rose to call a timeout 16 seconds into the game to forcefully reinforce that communication is critical to defense. Raul Dominguez, The Seattle Times, "Aldridge leads Spurs past Wizards 132-119," 27 Jan. 2019 Before this landing takes place, Chang'e-4 will have to link up with the Queqiao relay spacecraft, which will have line-of-sight communications with both the lander, which is expected to set down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, as well as Earth. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big deal," 10 Dec. 2018 There was also their Press Secretary Jason Knauf, and three other press officers who ensure smooth communications with the hundreds of home and foreign press on the ground, and also handle the social media accounts. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Here's What It Really Takes to Plan a Royal Tour," 15 Oct. 2018 For instance, communication will be a central theme in the life of a Gemini Ascendant, whereas innovation, progress, and nonconformity will define an Aquarius Ascendant’s experience. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of communication

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for communication

see communicate

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

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communication

noun

English Language Learners Definition of communication

: the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else
formal : a message that is given to someone : a letter, telephone call, etc.
: the ways of sending information to people by using technology

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio) \

Kids Definition of communication

1 : the exchange (as by speech or letter) of information between persons
2 : information exchanged
3 communications plural : a system of sending information
4 communications plural : a system of routes for transportation

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio) \

Medical Definition of communication

1 : the act or process of transmitting information (as about ideas, attitudes, emotions, or objective behavior) nonverbal interpersonal communication emotional communication between parent and child— G. S. Blum :
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

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communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio) \

Legal Definition of communication

: the expression to another of information or thoughts through speech, writing, or gestures — see also confidential communication, privileged communication

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