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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Animal communication, by contrast, is only able to convey a limited number of thoughts (the location of a source of food, for example, or the presence of a predator). The Economist, "Johnson Is music a language, as Stevie Wonder sang?," 30 May 2020 White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah said Mr. Trump would sign it Thursday. Zeke Miller, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump fires back at Twitter's fact-check with executive order," 28 May 2020 White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah said Trump would sign it Thursday. Author: Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump prepares executive order targeting social media protections after Twitter fact-checked him," 28 May 2020 At this point, the Indiana State Fair will move forward as previously announced and does not have an update, said Sharon Smith, communications director for the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Some state fairs have been canceled. Here's the current plan for the Indiana State Fair.," 28 May 2020 Pandemics are often described as crises of communication, when leaders must persuade entire populations to suspend their lives because of an invisible threat. Damien Cave, BostonGlobe.com, "New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sold a drastic lockdown with straight talk and mom jokes," 23 May 2020 Without an ability to see and interpret non verbal communication, therapists have been challenged in the virtual treatment landscape. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "How COVID-19 Is Affecting Mental Health Practitioners," 23 May 2020 While the allowances are very popular, some carry significant public safety implications, said Brian Smith, communications director for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "How growlers of beer helped save this Seattle pizza chain," 22 May 2020 The rest of the facilities will reopen in phases, Shelby Tuttle, communications director, told The Republic. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Phoenix gyms, health clubs are reopening. Here are their coronavirus precautions," 19 May 2020

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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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2 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Communication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communication. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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communication

noun
How to pronounce communication (audio)

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 : 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

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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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