communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio) \

Essential Meaning of communication

1 : 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 human communication nonverbal communication See More ExamplesHe is studying insect communication. Parents need to have good communication with their children. [=they need to be able to understand and be understood by their children] communication problems/skills There was a breakdown in communication between members of the group. (formal) We are in communication by e-mail. [=we are communicating with each other by e-mail] television and other means of mass communicationHide
2 formal : a message that is given to someone : a letter, telephone call, etc.
3 : the ways of sending information to people by using technology radio/wireless/electronic communications Communications is a growing industry. See More Examplescommunications systems/technology a communications satellite [=a satellite that is used to send signals for television, radio, etc., to people around the world]Hide

Full 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

Other Words from communication

communicational \ kə-​ˌmyü-​nə-​ˈkā-​shnəl How to pronounce communication (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 Having a successful, open relationship means our communication has to be open and honest all the time. New York Times, 16 Nov. 2021 Setting expectations can make your communication and collaboration strong. Jeff J Hunter, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 But at this point his stability as a pass protector could help Miami if his communication has improved. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 10 Nov. 2021 Britney was in the midst of her own crisis, and because we were isolated from each other, our communication was nonexistent. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 9 Nov. 2021 His last communication with Burnett was a note in the mail. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Oct. 2021 Lillard said that the team is still working on its communication in a new system. oregonlive, 6 Oct. 2021 What occurred to Kietzmann and van Gerven was that neural communication is energetically costly (the brain is the most energy-intensive organ in the body). Quanta Magazine, 15 Nov. 2021 Second, in finance leadership, communication is more important than ever before. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2021

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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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“Communication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communication. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for communication

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

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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