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[ kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuhn ]


  1. the act or process of communicating; fact of being communicated.
  2. the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.
  3. something imparted, interchanged, or transmitted.
  4. a document or message imparting news, views, information, etc.
  5. passage, or an opportunity or means of passage, between places.
  6. communications,
    1. means of sending messages, orders, etc., including telephone, telegraph, radio, and television.
    2. routes and transportation for moving troops and supplies from a base to an area of operations.
  7. Biology.
    1. activity by one organism that changes or has the potential to change the behavior of other organisms.
    2. transfer of information from one cell or molecule to another, as by chemical or electrical signals.


/ kəˌmjuːnɪˈkeɪʃən /


  1. the act or an instance of communicating; the imparting or exchange of information, ideas, or feelings
  2. something communicated, such as a message, letter, or telephone call
    1. usually plural; sometimes functioning as singular the study of ways in which human beings communicate, including speech, gesture, telecommunication systems, publishing and broadcasting media, etc
    2. ( as modifier )

      communication theory

  3. a connecting route, passage, or link
  4. plural military the system of routes and facilities by which forces, supplies, etc, are moved up to or within an area of operations

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Other Words From

  • com·muni·cation·al adjective
  • noncom·muni·cation noun
  • over·com·muni·cation noun
  • precom·muni·cation noun
  • self-com·muni·cation noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of communication1

First recorded in 1375–1425; Middle English communicacioun, from Middle French, from Latin commūnicātiōn-, stem of commūnicātiō, equivalent to commūnicāt(us) ( communicate ) + -iō -ion

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Example Sentences

Unlike other social media platforms, TikTok is a creative and entertainment space rather than a social space for communication.

Ancient people didn’t necessarily have steel or wheels or electronic communications.

A sign is anything that produces meaning outside of the signifier itself, any form of communication where one thing — a word or symbol or gesture or behavior — means something more than itself.

From Vox

These machines, which use principles of quantum physics to represent information, will one day be powerful enough to crack the most widely used encryption systems, rendering almost all digital communication insecure.

From Fortune

Reviving the communications with users once lost along the journey and reminding them to reconsider is costly, requiring data and ad frequency.

From Digiday

It would seek to cut off the main Allied lines of supply and communication.

And Dustin Ares notes better communication has been working.

Still, the lack of communication with the tribes does not bode well for the future relationships.

The ad would then count as a coordinated communication and would be subject to strict spending limits.

Coltrane had another power, a power of self-regeneration that also has to do with that power of communication.

How little did he divine that the letter of the doctor was called forth by a communication from the countess-dowager.

Louis was not less astonished at this charge, than the Empress had been at the communication which aroused it.

If schooling is a training in expression and communication, college is essentially the establishment of broad convictions.

But as weeks and months passed, and no other communication came to him, he again looked upon Guilford as dead.

Hilda suggested that the ticket-clerk should be interrogated, but the aperture of communication with him was shut.





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