tele·​com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion ˌte-li-kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce telecommunication (audio)
: communication at a distance (as by telephone)
: technology that deals with telecommunication
usually used in plural

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The move is part of the telecommunication company’s award-winning education initiative, Verizon Innovative Learning, according to a recent CMSD press release. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2022 Grids, pipelines, telecommunication cables and other vital infrastructure are normally built to withstand accidents but not deliberate attacks. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2022 States are permitted to levy telecommunication fees to provide ongoing funding to 988, which is similar to how 911 is supported. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 The show’s postponement comes as Rogers, one of Canada’s largest telecommunication operators, had to shut down the banking, transport, and government access for millions of people due to the network outage. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 8 July 2022 But through it all, Somalis have cobbled together some basic services: building schools and universities, establishing thriving telecommunication and banking services, collecting garbage, building streets and even rehabilitating child soldiers. New York Times, 20 May 2022 The city is home to many Chinese manufacturing giants including telecommunication equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co. and electric-vehicle maker BYD Co. Yang Jie, WSJ, 14 Mar. 2022 This isn’t the first time the telecommunication company has struggled to produce timely funds on a major racing sponsorship deal. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 1 July 2022 Trump moved in the second half of his tenure to ban the Chinese telecommunication company Huawei and two hugely popular apps in China, TikTok and WeChat. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 21 June 2022 See More

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of telecommunication was in 1932

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“Telecommunication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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