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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At the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona, which has 30,000 enrolled members, leaders encouraged census officials to improve communication with the tribal liaison, who can help guide enumerators to remote areas and understand cultural practices. Washington Post, "Census, tribal leaders push for American Indian participation in 2020 Census," 14 June 2019 For Alex, who will be attending Eastern Connecticut State University to study communications with a focus on journalism, that has meant sports and activities, including varsity basketball, the Action Club and the Young Men’s Leadership Academy. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Windsor High School graduates 269 to ‘do good in this world and do well'," 14 June 2019 According to the preliminary report, the flight was uneventful until air traffic controllers in Atlanta lost communication with Gonzalez Mejia. Laurel Weibezahn, sun-sentinel.com, "Pilot was unconscious when jet headed to Fort Lauderdale crashed into ocean, investigators say," 13 June 2019 The pilot was never in communication with air-traffic control, but that was not a requirement either, Brazy said. Greg Wallace And Brynn Gingras, CNN, "Pilot of helicopter that crashed on New York high-rise didn't have proper certificate, FAA says," 12 June 2019 Her college background, which required constant communication with young athletes, should help the rebuilding Cavs. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ mission, vision and values led to Lindsay Gottlieb chasing her NBA dream," 12 June 2019 Anderson said her group had been in good communication with the regulatory agencies. Rob Davis | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Barrels possibly containing Agent Orange ingredients remain months after Wallowa Lake discovery," 12 June 2019 In the earliest hours of August 17, the Roosevelt swung out from the harbor of Etah and severed all communication with the civilized world. Robert E. (robert Edwin) Peary, Harper's magazine, "Unyielding Ice," 10 June 2019 Statewide, emergency officials are in constant communication with county emergency operations centers and monitoring weather service outlooks and flooding threat outlooks. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Colorado counties, towns and state agencies prepare for potential flooding," 7 June 2019

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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
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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