Definition of information in English:



  • 1Facts provided or learned about something or someone.

    ‘a vital piece of information’
    • ‘Yes, but I have to say it is still unusual for one person to receive three pieces of information from three separate sources.’
    • ‘You, sir, for what ever reason, work hard to provide solid information on a regular basis that I can use.’
    • ‘He's always there to provide those pieces of information that are forgotten by the others.’
    • ‘Drug treatment, counselling services, and advice and information may be provided from a primary service.’
    • ‘The trial had heard that a vital piece of information was missing.’
    • ‘Your letter provides no facts, details or information that in anyway contradict the article.’
    • ‘The charity provides advice and information on topics such as access to benefits and services.’
    • ‘This is a national helpline that can provide sound advice and information on giving up smoking.’
    • ‘But now the regular information they received from police has ground to a halt.’
    • ‘Disputes often arise about what information was in fact provided in a given case.’
    • ‘They will also be consulted on plans for future developments and receive regular information about the hospital.’
    • ‘The information service can provide you with information and advice on all your rights and entitlements.’
    • ‘Police stressed the man was not a suspect or under arrest but hoped he could provide vital information that could lead them to the killer.’
    • ‘Facts provide information which is free from the contamination of a subjective viewpoint.’
    • ‘Women who are Rhesus negative will receive information and counselling about the treatment.’
    • ‘The unit will provide information and advice to members of the public on their rights and entitlements.’
    • ‘He said another new witness had been found who could provide vital information regarding an identification issue.’
    • ‘There are some pieces of information that I will provide here that I believe are worth reading.’
    • ‘He had missed the midday news broadcast that had announced this vital piece of information.’
    • ‘The Murray family believe one person has a vital piece of information that could lead to a breakthrough in the case.’
    details, particulars, facts, figures, statistics, data
    knowledge, intelligence
    instruction, advice, guidance, direction, counsel, enlightenment
    news, notice, word
    material, documentation, documents
    info, gen, the low-down, the dope, the inside story, the latest, bumf, deets
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    1. 1.1Law A formal criminal charge lodged with a court or magistrate by a prosecutor without the aid of a grand jury.
      ‘the tenant may lay an information against his landlord’
      • ‘However, the duty of the court is to hear informations which are properly before it.’
      • ‘The Local Court Magistrate quashed and declared void the informations.’
      • ‘These private informations came before the Justice of the Peace for the pre-hearing required under Section 507.1 of the Criminal Code.’
      • ‘The rule developed during a period of extreme formality and technicality in the preferring of indictments and laying of informations.’
      • ‘When the justices purported to commit the appellant on these informations, they were doing something which in law they had no power to do.’
  • 2What is conveyed or represented by a particular arrangement or sequence of things.

    ‘genetically transmitted information’
    • ‘The bandwidth constraints of the internet force us to find more concise ways to represent information.’
    • ‘In general, information about sport was conveyed by newspapers or by word-of-mouth.’
    • ‘They are physically expressive and convey emotional information through touch.’
    • ‘Nearly half are sensory which convey information to the brain; the rest are motor which transmit orders from the brain.’
    • ‘The price information was then conveyed back to Europe or other relevant locations.’
    • ‘The practitioner, in turn, may consciously or unconsciously convey this information to the patient.’
    • ‘The central characteristic of the genre is accuracy in conveying information about cities and ancient buildings.’
    • ‘He doesn't ever answer why the system's price conveys the correct global information.’
    • ‘Another official at the agency said its staff tried to convey relevant information quickly this time.’
    • ‘Even so, we may still be forced to contemplate changes in the way information is conveyed.’
    • ‘They convey useful information about the perceived scarcity of the resource.’
    • ‘Topic Maps are useful because they convey more information we can use.’
    • ‘We need to look outside of the ‘normal channels’ used to convey security information.’
    • ‘The forms in which information was conveyed were often not transparent or intuitive.’
    • ‘I love maps, especially maps that convey information about our world in a novel way.’
    • ‘It must sit on something, it must be able to convey its information to somewhere; it must be able to be reset.’
    • ‘Money is supposed to convey information about the economic value of a product or service.’
    • ‘Nine times out of ten these calls convey information that no one needs to know.’
    • ‘Then the scientists measured how much information the songs could convey.’
    • ‘The choice of axioms in a logical system can represent content specific information.’
    1. 2.1Computing Data as processed, stored, or transmitted by a computer.
      • ‘There is also provision to change the information stored on the battery-operated boards.’
      • ‘Your computer accesses the information a little at a time, just ahead of what you're listening to.’
      • ‘MPO lets processors store information locally so it is there when they need it, without those latencies.’
      • ‘The client software can then be used to keep the information on the handset synchronized with the information stored on the server.’
      • ‘All the cards contain a computer chip which stores information, such as what type of meal has been purchased by the pupil.’
      • ‘A desktop machine built three years ago would be enough to store all the information needed.’
      • ‘Although the hardware is still at a very basic stage, the theory of how quantum computers process information is well advanced.’
      • ‘Staff at the Revenue have wide access to computers, which store information on up to 60m people.’
      • ‘At that price, he reasoned, it would finally be cheaper to store information on computer than it is on paper.’
      • ‘Hibernation is when the system stores all the information it has in its memory onto the hard disk, then shuts down.’
      • ‘This takes snapshots of a system's hard disk content and stores the information in a compressed form on a server.’
      • ‘They had to programme their robot by using a computer and downloading the information into the robot via a Lego brick.’
      • ‘Bios information is stored inside a chip housed on the computer's motherboard.’
      • ‘Codes act as tags that are placed on data about people to allow the information to be processed by the computer.’
      • ‘In most computer systems, the information is carried by wires and electronic parts.’
      • ‘Where does all of this electronic information get stored and how do children process it?’
      • ‘They have revealed fears that the information stored on blank discs is vulnerable to being lost within a decade.’
      • ‘The computer can record how accurately information is processed and how quickly.’
      • ‘You can use a laptop computer to download information about the performance of the machine.’
      • ‘All the information was stored by the digital camera when the picture was taken.’
    2. 2.2(in information theory) a mathematical quantity expressing the probability of occurrence of a particular sequence of symbols, impulses, etc., as contrasted with that of alternative sequences.


Late Middle English (also in the sense formation of the mind, teaching), via Old French from Latin informatio(n-), from the verb informare (see inform).