information

noun
in·​for·​ma·​tion | \ ˌin-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce information (audio) \

Definition of information

1 : the communication or reception of knowledge or intelligence
2a(1) : knowledge obtained from investigation, study, or instruction
(3) : facts, data
b : 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 effects
c(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 construct
d : 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

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Other Words from information

informational \ ˌin-​fər-​ˈmā-​shnəl How to pronounce informational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
informationally adverb

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information, knowledge, and learning mean what is or can be known. information may be used of a collection of facts gathered from many places. The book has a lot of information about baseball. knowledge is used for facts and ideas acquired by study, observation, or experience. She has a knowledge of birds. learning is used of knowledge acquired by long and careful study. The learning of a lifetime is in that book.

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Emojipedia puts on its homepage the top half-dozen or so emoji by searches, which can give us an idea of when a new emoji is really taking off, but has no information on anything below that top handful. Wired, "New Emoji Are So Boring—but They Don't Have to Be," 8 Nov. 2019 All identification cards for students in K-12 schools and colleges could be required to have suicide hotline information under another bill. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers called lawmakers in Thursday to act on guns. GOP leaders rejected it within seconds.," 7 Nov. 2019 But even then, managers may overlook telling details of an applicant’s information, and allow their biases to creep in. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "An experiment to find teachers who perform better and stay longer shows promising results," 7 Nov. 2019 Missing even one tiny object could mean losing a world of priceless information. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Caribbean excavation offers intimate look at the lives of enslaved Africans," 7 Nov. 2019 Team Medical,’ an extraordinary group of doctors, surgeons, nurses, doctor/writers, and researchers who can find a tremendous amount of information in a short span of time if needed. SELF, "How ‘Grey’s Anatomy' Got That EMDR Therapy Episode So Right," 6 Nov. 2019 For more information, visit alignmenthealthcare.com and to find out more about its health plans, go to alignmenthealthplan.com. Branded Content Contributor, Orange County Register, "Alignment Health Offers the Care You Deserve," 6 Nov. 2019 The state’s mortgage lending arm, the California Housing Finance Agency, didn’t have any information about Apple’s home-buyer assistance plans. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "Apple, Google and Facebook committed $4.5 billion for housing. Now comes the hard part," 5 Nov. 2019 For more information about the concert, visit OneLoveBahamas.org. Ben Crandell, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian benefit concert in Pompano Beach: Cheap Trick, Sebastian Bach, Foghat, DJ Laz," 5 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'information.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of information

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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information

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of information

: knowledge that you get about someone or something : facts or details about a subject
US : a service that telephone users can call to find out the telephone number for a specified person or organization

information

noun
in·​for·​ma·​tion | \ ˌin-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce information (audio) \

Kids Definition of information

: knowledge obtained from investigation, study, or instruction : facts or details about a subject

information

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Legal Definition of information

: an instrument containing a formal accusation of a crime that is issued by a prosecuting officer and that serves the same function as an indictment presented by a grand jury — compare complaint sense 2, indictment

Note: About half the states in the United States allow prosecutors to issue informations. The rest require indictment.

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