[ kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuhn ]
See synonyms for: communicationcommunications on

  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.

  1. something imparted, interchanged, or transmitted.

  2. a document or message imparting news, views, information, etc.

  3. passage, or an opportunity or means of passage, between places.

  4. communications,

    • means of sending messages, orders, etc., including telephone, telegraph, radio, and television.

    • routes and transportation for moving troops and supplies from a base to an area of operations.

  5. Biology.

    • activity by one organism that changes or has the potential to change the behavior of other organisms.

    • transfer of information from one cell or molecule to another, as by chemical or electrical signals.

Origin of communication

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

Other words from communication

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use communication in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for communication


/ (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

    • (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

    • (as modifier): communication theory

  1. a connecting route, passage, or link

  2. (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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