communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən \

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, -​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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The most sense because Facebook is the big tech company for communication and messaging, which is what Discord does. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 According to the Post, using personal emails for government business might count as a violation of the Presidential Records Act — an act that mandates all White House communication and records be preserved as part of a permanent archive. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Ivanka Trump Used Her Personal Email Account for Government Business," 20 Nov. 2018 In any future conflict between great powers, military communications and navigation satellites will become prime targets, and Russia would need the ability to both shoot down enemy satellites and quickly replace its own losses. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s MiG-31 Spotted With Possible Anti-Satellite Missile," 1 Oct. 2018 Potter also says that blue can be used for matters of communication and clarity. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Color Magick: A Beginner's Guide to Harnessing the Power of Every Color," 25 Sep. 2018 In 2011, actress Catherine Oxenberg (the onetime Dynasty star) decided to go to a free presentation that was supposed to help her with communication and other business skills, because a friend would not stop singing its praises. Doree Shafrir, Town & Country, "Catherine Oxenberg on Her Fight to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult," 9 Aug. 2018 Every Thursday: Members develop and practice communication and leadership skills in a supportive and positive learning environment. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018 The areas of manufacturing will include new-energy vehicles, computer, communication and consumer electronics and household products, as well as commodities like silicon metal and coal, according to Wu. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018 From 2003 to the present, Indiana University has received 91 properties valued at more than $43 million, said Matthew Kavgian, director of strategic communications and projects for the Indiana University Foundation. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "These donors love their alma maters so much they gave them the roofs over their heads," 13 July 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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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

: a message that is given to someone : a letter, telephone call, etc.

communications : the ways of sending information to people by using technology

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən \

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 \

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 \

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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