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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鈥?/span>— Richard C. Boucher

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Other Words from communication

communicational \ k蓹-​藢my眉-​n蓹-​藞k膩-​shn蓹l How to pronounce communicational (audio) , -​sh蓹-​n岬妉 \ adjective

Synonyms for communication


dispatch, message

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Examples of communication in a Sentence

Communication between children in the class was not prohibited but was afforded time slots 鈥?/span> — 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 鈥?/span> — 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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Stacey Manley, the East Bay Community Foundation鈥檚 vice president of communications, told me that the program served approximately 400 organizations over the course of its life. Caille Millner,, "No more BART paper, so no more charity?," 5 Sep. 2019 Clear communication, whether written or in-person, is key. Fortune, "A Look at Why Poorer Neighborhoods Are Warmer Than Richer Ones: raceAhead," 4 Sep. 2019 Two 14-week training sessions 鈥 with 15 families in each 鈥 will be scheduled in the spring at different locations to focus on parenting skills and improving communication, the importance of doing homework and avoiding substance abuse, Mumby said. Erika Butler,, "Peer recovery specialists to begin responding with EMS to drug overdoses in Harford County," 4 Sep. 2019 Emojis are most effective as emotional shorthand, helping to signal tone in digital communications, where tone is so easily misread. Michele Moses, The New Yorker, "A Bot That Captures the Ambivalence of Human Emotion," 4 Sep. 2019 Millennials have grown up with instant gratification in communication, news, product purchase and delivery, and even dating once speed dating became a thing. Pat Lenhoff,, "Column: Meteorologists鈥 dire (and inaccurate) forecasts ruined my Chicago Bears tailgate experience," 4 Sep. 2019 Omar's campaign paid E. Street Group around $230,000 since 2018 for fundraising consulting, digital communications, Internet advertising and travel expenses, according to federal election records. Fox News, "Ilhan Omar says questions about alleged affair, misuse of campaign funds are 'stupid'," 29 Aug. 2019 There were solar paddles on board to keep his GPS, communications, and other equipment charged. David Williams, CNN, "A solo adventurer rode a stand-up paddleboard from California to Hawaii. He saw plastic the whole way there.," 26 Aug. 2019 The proposal allows debt collectors to deliver important information about a debt and a consumer鈥檚 rights via links in text messages and emails鈥攚ithout first obtaining consent to electronic communications, as is normally required under federal law. David Vladeck, WIRED, "The Consumer Bureau's Reckless Plan for Debt Collection," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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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


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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


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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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Legal Definition of communication

: the expression to another of information or thoughts through speech, writing, or gestures 鈥 see also confidential communication, privileged communication

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