Definition of communication in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.

    ‘television is an effective means of communication’
    ‘at the moment I am in communication with London’
    • ‘Fong said the foreigners must now be able to understand or speak either one of the two languages in order to help in communication with local employers.’
    • ‘I shall use the same medium of communication as I believe that the information I give will reach the wider public.’
    • ‘If there were survivors on the raft, why haven't we heard from them, and what relationship do they have with Elian and his family, and are they in communication with each other?’
    • ‘‘We firmly believe that theatre is an effective medium of communication,’ said the spokesperson of the organisation.’
    • ‘He expected a decision in the matter shortly and would be in communication with the school authorities as soon as possible.’
    • ‘We are in communication with the museum quite regularly and are hoping the application will be passed.’
    • ‘Languages were flawless and they were just mediums of interaction and communication, he added.’
    • ‘Sure, we've not only sent out letters as I've said, we visit them, we're in communication with them.’
    • ‘Therefore, physicians must provide more time for these patients to enhance communication and foster information exchange.’
    • ‘We are in communication with owners, prospective purchasers and the local community.’
    • ‘Simple improvements such as good direct communication between the receiving hospital and the ambulance crew have yet to be achieved.’
    • ‘She said that with regard to the recent bird flu cases in Thailand, Hong Kong needed to be on the alert, aware and in communication with the mainland and other neighbouring countries.’
    • ‘Thus it is possible to protect the intellectual property of online material and to support confidential exchange of communication between students.’
    • ‘Obviously, we're in communication with the London authorities and trying to understand what the facts are.’
    • ‘I have recently done some traveling and every day I am in communication with people from all over the world.’
    • ‘Effective communication encourages routine exchange of data and information.’
    • ‘An agent, who I have been in communication with for a while now, managed to come and see the play and is considering signing me onto his books.’
    • ‘We can confirm that we have been in communication with the applicant and have responded fully to any concerns raised by her.’
    • ‘Strangely she's the only one who isn't in communication with the rest of us.’
    • ‘Because I'm currently in communication with some producers about being on one.’
    transmission, imparting, conveying, reporting, presenting, passing on, handing on, relay, conveyance, divulgence, divulgation, disclosure
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A letter or message containing information or news.
      ‘a telephone communication’
      • ‘If you fail to respond to this letter and the pending communications from my legal representatives, you have one other option.’
      • ‘Businesses depend upon e-mail for basic communications and transfer of information.’
      • ‘Important visitors, messages and communications from overseas can be expected.’
      • ‘Mary told the meeting she had also received a lot of communications about this planning application and confirmed that there were many people very much against the proposed mast.’
      • ‘Voters receive frequent campaign communications during the closing days of the campaign.’
      • ‘By working over distributed areas, IT can bring remote offices back into the content fold and make sure to produce consistent messages and communications.’
      • ‘Fourth, they won unusually complete access to sources of information, including e-mail communications among major participants.’
      • ‘News, views and communications can be interesting and revealing.’
      • ‘But Downing Street last night insisted any communications received by him had no bearing on his appointments to the government benches, which were made on merit.’
      • ‘While it will be relatively straightforward to inform employees of monitoring, it will be more difficult to inform those sending communications from outside.’
      • ‘Such messages may be brief notes, communications like traditional letters, or electronic files.’
      • ‘The intensive sessions are focused around special themes, including official letters, administrative reports, and professional communications.’
      • ‘In an email communication he quoted to me the following.’
      • ‘The tenor of these personal communications was reflected in letters to newspapers and by the anchor men on call back radio who invited their listeners to take sides over Dr. Ashrawi's selection.’
      • ‘‘We do communications, messaging and distribution,’ said Moloney.’
      • ‘At an earlier hearing he pleaded guilty to sending an electronic communication with intent to cause distress.’
      • ‘He began communicating a year ago sending packages and communications to local media and to the police.’
      • ‘Make certain a communication is genuine and information accurate before using it in a story.’
      • ‘They received several communications from the alleged person.’
      • ‘Finally, I get very few postal mail communications from merchants.’
      message, statement, announcement, report, dispatch, communiqué, letter, bulletin, correspondence, news, word, information, intelligence, instruction
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    2. 1.2The successful conveying or sharing of ideas and feelings.
      ‘there was a lack of communication between Pamela and her parents’
      • ‘There were also a number of communications by letter and fax, and telephone discussions.’
      • ‘The letter itself is a good communication about the purpose and the goals of ACT, and why people should rejoin.’
      • ‘Their communication by letters had been strong until he had gotten out of prison last year.’
      • ‘You are gifted on all levels of communication and express brilliant ideas and plans to achieve professional success today.’
      • ‘A decade on, they're still active feminists concerned with challenging hierarchies, disseminating ideas and opening the channels of communication between women.’
      • ‘Deb says family meeting is a vital component of successful communication, but I don't know what that means.’
      • ‘I believe that I have said on this medium that communication between human beings is one of the world's biggest problems.’
      • ‘Indeed good communication skills can help successful endeavors while poor communication can stifle and hamper progress.’
      • ‘I will not share any private communication I've had with my friend Katie.’
      • ‘The officer must have experience that demonstrates possession of the skills necessary for successful communication across cultural boundaries.’
    3. 1.3Social contact.
      ‘she gave him some hope of her return, or at least of their future communication’
      • ‘We can't live in a world void of contact or communication.’
      • ‘Meaning and knowledge are seen as being created through social communication with others.’
      • ‘To be fair, had I been in possession of my PowerBook I might have propped it up on the bar and avoided all communication and eye contact with the bartender.’
      • ‘I also created it to improve contact and communication within this group of female artists.’
      • ‘Social bonding and communication also occurs through touch.’
      • ‘The interests of the two countries have been intertwined, based on frequent communication and contacts among their people.’
      • ‘Children in welfare homes living in a group usually find it hard to form such an attachment so they will possibly have emotional barriers in social communication and self-control.’
      • ‘Man does not stand in awe of man, nor is his genius admonished to stay at home, to put itself in communication with the internal ocean, but it goes abroad to beg a cup of water of the urns of other men.’
      • ‘Broadcasting, after all, is an essential vehicle for social communication.’
      contact, dealings, relations, connection, association, communion, socializing, intercourse, social intercourse, social relations, interface, interchange, correspondence, dialogue, talk, conversation, discussion, speaking, talking, chatting, meeting, getting in touch
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  • 2Means of sending or receiving information, such as telephone lines or computers.

    ‘satellite communications’
    [as modifier] ‘a communications network’
    • ‘Roads became impassable, communications were cut off and life in rural districts came to a standstill.’
    • ‘This extensive effort to keep communications lines open is one thing that is a major difference from the storms that happened earlier this year.’
    • ‘Also, some satellites send and receive telephone, fax, and computer communications.’
    • ‘Technical security mechanisms to guard data transmitted over a communications network so that it cannot easily be intercepted or accessed.’
    • ‘All communications including phone lines to and from Punjab are cut.’
    • ‘They lost control of the south, their supply and communications lines were cut, and they even lost control of most of the capital for a while.’
    • ‘I had to get hold of the other satellite communications radio, which is on the right side of the vehicle closest to the enemy fire.’
    • ‘The fallen tree pulled down electricity and telephone lines, plunging the entire area into darkness and cutting off land line communications.’
    • ‘All conferences use exclusively closed communications lines.’
    • ‘Also they ‘promote computer communications as a medium for strengthening and building organised labour’.’
    • ‘Shaw has been working on building computer communications for the oil industry.’
    • ‘According to him, all communications and emergency phone lines have been inspected and prepared for a large number of calls.’
    • ‘In an emergency, reliance on digital communications or even telephone lines is unacceptable.’
    • ‘All communications went down and roads were blocked.’
    • ‘Sparks received radio communications from the supply ship that they would be at least sixteen hours late due to high seas.’
    • ‘Businesses increasingly rely upon mission-critical information, financial and other data services being delivered through their computer and communications networks.’
    • ‘They are expected to be used when satellite communications go down, computer links are broken or the enemy is thought to be intercepting radio conversations.’
    • ‘Whether they could do so through Sweden depended on the state of the railways, roads, and telegraph communications.’
    • ‘He controls a worldwide satellite network, as well as radio and phone communications.’
    • ‘However, as soon as computer to computer communications became important, the rigidity and expense of circuit switched voice networks became apparent.’
    1. 2.1[treated as singular]The field of study concerned with the transmission of information.
      • ‘In 1999, she left there and began studying communications at Montreal's John Abbott College.’
      • ‘In the course, we learned communications and computer skills, as well as business skills needed to run a successful eco-tourism business.’
      • ‘After the course, Lewis is going to the University of Gloucester to do media communications and film studies.’
      • ‘I thought that studying communications would lead me to a career in journalism.’
      • ‘She graduates with a joint major in communications and Latin American studies.’
      • ‘He pursued his doctoral studies in development and communications at the University of the Philippines at Los Banos.’
      • ‘Miss Mayo stated that her future goals are for attending graduate school in the field of communications.’
      • ‘Having been rejected by Glasgow School of Art, the then teenager briefly studied communications in Falkirk.’
      • ‘She has taken courses in maths, English, computers, gardening and communications, which involved 30 hours of studying.’
      • ‘These include fields such as marketing, finance, management, information systems, communications and environmental studies’
      • ‘Most of the articles are drawn from the field of communications, and while the work includes a range of theoretical approaches, most of the authors draw from their work.’
      • ‘She stated that her future goals are to attend graduate school, and study in the field of communications.’
      • ‘She will study communications at university this fall.’
      • ‘He currently serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Institute for Telecommunications, a network of centres for research in the field of communications.’
      • ‘After studying communications and political science, he was soon ready for more wanderings.’
      • ‘In his opening remarks, Kolev said it was of paramount importance for Bulgaria to have an infusion of the latest technology in the fields of IT and communications as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘We give them a practical grounding in subjects like computers, maths and communications as well as workshops related to the transition to third level.’
  • 3Means of travelling or of transporting goods, such as roads or railways.

    ‘a city providing excellent road and rail communications’
    • ‘Air attacks wreaked havoc on German road and rail communications, though in such a way that the invasion sector was not especially favoured.’
    • ‘This is related to the improvement of road communications with its nearest and most important rival, and the as yet unimproved condition of the main roads.’
    • ‘Beijing is planning to invest billions of yuan in three major railway projects to boost communications and trade along the coast and strengthen economic links with its neighbours.’
    • ‘By the first week in June, French rail and road communications had been seriously degraded.’
    • ‘Southampton also has almost unrivalled transport communications providing a hub for road, rail and air travel together with the cruise port which welcomes visitors from around the world.’
    • ‘They has won a five-year government contract to fly to the Christmas and Cocos Islands maintaining vital communications and transport links with the two territories.’
    • ‘Furthermore a new transportation ministry replaced the previous communications and railway ministries.’
    • ‘The former German capital had been left deep in the heart of the Soviet zone of occupation, and in June 1948 Stalin sought to resolve its status by severing road and rail communications.’
    • ‘Amongst these was overmanning, poor marketing knowledge, poor communications by road and rail and lack of modern manufacturing methods.’
    • ‘And York, he said, was also the natural choice of venue for the north not just because of its high tech credentials, but also because it was nationally central, with good road communications.’
    • ‘Because of the isolation of Almeria, with its lack of road and railway communications, economic and demographic growth was based on the natural resources of the province.’
    • ‘There is no road communications and the only way to stay with the race is by push aeroplane or a snow machine.’
    • ‘In the rest of Alberta, highways and private transportation using automobiles and trucks began to challenge the older communications network based on railways.’
    • ‘In times of dearth, body snatchers would try other sources: country churchyards further afield would be raided if they were on good communications routes - road, canal, or sea.’
    • ‘Rail, road and river communications came to a halt during the strike and businesses, schools were closed.’
    links, connections, services, routes
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Late Middle English: from Old French comunicacion, from Latin communicatio(n-), from the verb communicare to share (see communicate).