Definition of information
1 : the communication or reception of knowledge or intelligence
2a (1) : knowledge obtained from investigation, study, or instruction (2) : intelligence, news (3) : facts, datab : the attribute inherent in and communicated by one of two or more alternative sequences or arrangements of something (such as nucleotides in DNA or binary digits in a computer program) that produce specific effectsc (1) : a signal or character (as in a communication system or computer) representing data (2) : something (such as a message, experimental data, or a picture) which justifies change in a construct (such as a plan or theory) that represents physical or mental experience or another constructd : a quantitative measure of the content of information; specifically : a numerical quantity that measures the uncertainty in the outcome of an experiment to be performed
3 : the act of informing against a person
4 : a formal accusation of a crime made by a prosecuting officer as distinguished from an indictment presented by a grand jury
informationalplay \ˌin-fər-ˈmā-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of information in a Sentence
They're working to collect information about the early settlers in the region.
The pamphlet provides a lot of information on recent changes to the tax laws.
He gave the police false information about his background.
The conference will give us an opportunity to exchange information with other researchers.
We can't make a decision until we have more information.
The tests have not yet uncovered any new information.
I don't like having to reveal personal information when I fill in a job application.
He's accused of withholding useful information.
I couldn't remember his number so I had to call information.
Recent Examples of information from the Web
And the bank is expecting to eventually have to provide information to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
The idea that such information would be unearthed by these particular discovery requests is, to put it charitably, fanciful.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the FBI's Chicago office at 312-421-6700.
Send information about arts events to email@example.com.
The couple, from Merrillville, got in line to go through the 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit, a 53-foot tractor that unfolds into a 1,000-foot traveling museum with remnants and historical information about the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
More information: Follow along with the PGA website for updates; visit the Barbasol website; and follow AL.com's coverage of the event with our daily updates.
The rest of the lanes reopened about 11 p.m. No other information was immediately available.
For information on all local PSG events, follow @PSG_English on Twitter.
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First Known Use of information
INFORMATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of information for English Language Learners
: knowledge that you get about someone or something : facts or details about a subject
: a service that telephone users can call to find out the telephone number for a specified person or organization
INFORMATION Defined for Kids
Definition of information for Students
: knowledge obtained from investigation, study, or instruction : facts or details about a subject
Additional Notes on information
About half the states in the United States allow prosecutors to issue informations. The rest require indictment.
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