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 Since Monday's news, union chairs across Gannett newsrooms have been been in constant communication with each other through phone calls, Zoom video conference calls, texts, emails and Google Hangouts to discuss action plans. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "Coronavirus is testing the power of unionized newsrooms," 1 Apr. 2020 Comms crisis Nurses say that inadequate communication from hospital administration is a source of continuous frustration on the frontlines across the country, not just in New Orleans. Hope Corrigan, Quartz, "“There is no plan at all:” Nurses battling coronavirus face deteriorating work conditions," 1 Apr. 2020 Luckily, a friend or family member will offer you something more cheerful to think about. Stay in close communication with trusted loved ones. oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 31, 2020: Leo, bait the hook; Capricorn, listen to the voice of reason," 31 Mar. 2020 With the 2019-20 NHL season still in question of returning, Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka has been in constant communication with his players. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka to players: 'The message is to stay safe'," 31 Mar. 2020 His crew is also in direct communication with medical professionals at the Jacob Javits Center, which has been converted into a makeshift hospital. Fox News, "USNS Comfort commanding officer on arrival in NYC: 'Excited to be here and excited to get started'," 31 Mar. 2020 Jessica Ditto, an original Trump White House adviser, is leaving her job as deputy communications director to enter the private sector. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "The coronavirus crisis puts Equal Pay Day in a new light," 31 Mar. 2020 Rob Whitehouse, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for TriHealth, told The Enquirer Thursday that the hospital is in communication with local hotel chains. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "COVID-19: Here are big and small ways local businesses, community members can help healthcare workers," 27 Mar. 2020 Nonetheless, the correspondence ProPublica obtained shows that the CDC director, Dr. Robert Redfield, exuded confidence in communications with others at the agency. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus," 26 Mar. 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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7 Apr 2020

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“Communication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communication. Accessed 9 Apr. 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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