Definition of communication in English:

communication

noun

  • 1The imparting or exchanging of information or news.

    ‘at the moment I am in communication with London’
    ‘direct communication between the two countries will produce greater understanding’
    • ‘Strangely she's the only one who isn't in communication with the rest of us.’
    • ‘Languages were flawless and they were just mediums of interaction and communication, he added.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He expected a decision in the matter shortly and would be in communication with the school authorities as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Obviously, we're in communication with the London authorities and trying to understand what the facts are.’
    • ‘I shall use the same medium of communication as I believe that the information I give will reach the wider public.’
    • ‘We are in communication with the museum quite regularly and are hoping the application will be passed.’
    • ‘I have recently done some traveling and every day I am in communication with people from all over the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We can confirm that we have been in communication with the applicant and have responded fully to any concerns raised by her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because I'm currently in communication with some producers about being on one.’
    • ‘Simple improvements such as good direct communication between the receiving hospital and the ambulance crew have yet to be achieved.’
    • ‘We are in communication with owners, prospective purchasers and the local community.’
    • ‘Thus it is possible to protect the intellectual property of online material and to support confidential exchange of communication between students.’
    • ‘Effective communication encourages routine exchange of data and information.’
    • ‘‘We firmly believe that theatre is an effective medium of communication,’ said the spokesperson of the organisation.’
    • ‘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.’
    transmission, imparting, conveying, reporting, presenting, passing on, handing on, relay, conveyance, divulgence, divulgation, disclosure
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    1. 1.1 A letter or message containing information or news.
      • ‘Important visitors, messages and communications from overseas can be expected.’
      • ‘Voters receive frequent campaign communications during the closing days of the campaign.’
      • ‘In an email communication he quoted to me the following.’
      • ‘If you fail to respond to this letter and the pending communications from my legal representatives, you have one other option.’
      • ‘Such messages may be brief notes, communications like traditional letters, or electronic files.’
      • ‘News, views and communications can be interesting and revealing.’
      • ‘Fourth, they won unusually complete access to sources of information, including e-mail communications among major participants.’
      • ‘While it will be relatively straightforward to inform employees of monitoring, it will be more difficult to inform those sending communications from outside.’
      • ‘Businesses depend upon e-mail for basic communications and transfer of information.’
      • ‘Finally, I get very few postal mail communications from merchants.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They received several communications from the alleged person.’
      • ‘At an earlier hearing he pleaded guilty to sending an electronic communication with intent to cause distress.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By working over distributed areas, IT can bring remote offices back into the content fold and make sure to produce consistent messages and communications.’
      • ‘The intensive sessions are focused around special themes, including official letters, administrative reports, and professional communications.’
      • ‘‘We do communications, messaging and distribution,’ said Moloney.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      message, statement, announcement, report, dispatch, communiqué, letter, bulletin, correspondence, news, word, information, intelligence, instruction
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    2. 1.2 The successful conveying or sharing of ideas and feelings.
      ‘there was a lack of communication between Pamela and her parents’
      • ‘You are gifted on all levels of communication and express brilliant ideas and plans to achieve professional success today.’
      • ‘Their communication by letters had been strong until he had gotten out of prison last year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Indeed good communication skills can help successful endeavors while poor communication can stifle and hamper progress.’
      • ‘The officer must have experience that demonstrates possession of the skills necessary for successful communication across cultural boundaries.’
      • ‘I will not share any private communication I've had with my friend Katie.’
      • ‘A decade on, they're still active feminists concerned with challenging hierarchies, disseminating ideas and opening the channels of communication between women.’
    3. 1.3 Social contact.
      ‘she gave him some hope of her return, or at least of their future communication’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We can't live in a world void of contact or communication.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The interests of the two countries have been intertwined, based on frequent communication and contacts among their people.’
      • ‘Meaning and knowledge are seen as being created through social communication with others.’
      • ‘I also created it to improve contact and communication within this group of female artists.’
      • ‘Broadcasting, after all, is an essential vehicle for social communication.’
      • ‘Social bonding and communication also occurs through touch.’
      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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  • 2communicationsMeans of sending or receiving information, such as telephone lines or computers.

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

    ‘a city providing excellent road and rail communications’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rail, road and river communications came to a halt during the strike and businesses, schools were closed.’
    • ‘By the first week in June, French rail and road communications had been seriously degraded.’
    • ‘Air attacks wreaked havoc on German road and rail communications, though in such a way that the invasion sector was not especially favoured.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the rest of Alberta, highways and private transportation using automobiles and trucks began to challenge the older communications network based on railways.’
    • ‘There is no road communications and the only way to stay with the race is by push aeroplane or a snow machine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Furthermore a new transportation ministry replaced the previous communications and railway ministries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Amongst these was overmanning, poor marketing knowledge, poor communications by road and rail and lack of modern manufacturing methods.’
    • ‘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.’
    links, connections, services, routes
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Phrases

  • lines of communication

    • 1The connections between an army in the field and its bases.

      • ‘Another frustrating aspect of Germany's security efforts was the susceptibility of German lines of communication to partisan attack.’
      • ‘The garrison troops manning the regional bases of operation will facilitate local stability, maintain the lines of communication, and provide logistical support.’
      • ‘The complex organization, which equipped and supplied the army, and maintaining lines of communication, was the real basis of its success.’
      • ‘The Resistance forces moved quickly and in a well-organized manner to carry out the orders on guarding roads and protecting lines of communication.’
      • ‘Overall, it made more than 6,000 sorties, of which almost 3,000 were directed at disrupting the enemy sea lines of communication.’
      • ‘The experience of past wars and local conflicts shows that the state of lines of communication and transportation assets largely determines success in war.’
      • ‘When enemy lines of communication are disrupted, naval forces may pursue a tactical operation against separate convoys sailing along the coast.’
      • ‘Commanders pooled together forces from different services and different combat arms and learned how to control them in the face of extended lines of communication.’
      • ‘The U.S. force operated with minimal reliance on ground lines of communication for sustainment.’
      • ‘Well-placed enemy units were exploiting the long lines of communication, delaying resupply efforts of much needed ammunition to the frontline troops.’
      1. 1.1Any system for communicating information or ideas.
        ‘bureaucracies are characterized by established lines of communication’
        • ‘The Society uses a mentoring aspect to open lines of communication between leaders to share knowledge with subordinates.’
        • ‘To establish clear lines of communication between senior leaders to reduce chances of miscommunication and miscalculation.’
        • ‘Companies with good communication records are those which have open lines of communication between the car park attendant and the chairman of the board.’
        • ‘Building new lines of communication over evaluation results, registration information, and expectations of firms has all required patience from the firms.’
        • ‘One of the biggest challenges that faced the area was the need to open lines of communication among communities that are geographically separate and also different in racial and cultural backgrounds.’
        • ‘This will include clear lines of communication through Tourist Information Centres and the Yorkshire Tourist Board so that people are aware of the area's attractions.’
        • ‘The lines of communication between me and my players are wide open and the intention is to improve the whole team by each one of us giving our best.’
        • ‘This will benefit the centers since it will inject new lines of communication and bring new ways of thinking into the system.’
        • ‘The criminal then controls the lines of communication between the bank and its customer, and can ask for millions of pounds to be transferred to their own account.’
        • ‘‘What is clear is the need for dialogue and lines of communication to remain open,’ he said.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French comunicacion, from Latin communicatio(n-), from the verb communicare ‘to share’ (see communicate).

Pronunciation

communication

/kəˌmyo͞onəˈkāSH(ə)n//kəˌmjunəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/