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 Those not trained in the technology deserve that communication. Will Knight, Wired, "If Done Right, AI Could Make Policing Fairer," 25 June 2020 The rift between the two countries began after Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, said North Korea would cut off communication with South Korea because of dissident groups sending leaflets and aid across the border using large balloons. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "North Korea backs away from military action plans against South Korea," 24 June 2020 By July 4, those who applied before May 1 will receive benefits, or receive communication from the agency as to why they have been deemed ineligible unless the applicant has been declared unreachable, according to the agency. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan says it will clear its unemployment benefit backlog for many filers by July 4," 24 June 2020 A hundred years of innovation in communication has dramatically changed our ability to quickly exchange vital data. Eva Kassens-noor, The Conversation, "5 ways the world is better off dealing with a pandemic now than in 1918," 19 June 2020 Before every flight with Bryant, a group text was always created in order to keep everyone in communication about the flights. Alexandra Meeks And Cheri Mossburg, CNN, "Text messages before the flight that killed Kobe Bryant appear to show pilot became disoriented in fog," 18 June 2020 The union insists that Clark was in constant communication with attorney Bruce Meyer and other staff members during his four-hour meeting with Manfred, and never consented to a 60-game season, only promising to deliver the proposal to the players. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "'Entirely in his self-serving interests': Some think Scott Boras is wrecking MLB's 2020 negotiations. He says otherwise.," 18 June 2020 Bosley noted how important communication was in the runup to the event. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Praise for peaceful protest in Avon," 14 June 2020 The two last saw each other in person in 2014 but remained in communication, exchanging comments and messages on Facebook and talking on the phone as recently as a few weeks ago. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Suspected killer of Santa Cruz sheriff’s deputy posted criticism of police in hours before shooting," 8 June 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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Cite this Entry

“Communication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communication. Accessed 2 Jul. 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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