Nearby words

  1. informal vote,
  2. informality,
  3. informally,
  4. informant,
  5. informatics,
  6. information age,
  7. information architecture,
  8. information economy,
  9. information overload,
  10. information processing

Origin of information

1350–1400; Middle English: instruction, teaching, a forming of the mind < Medieval Latin, Latin: idea, conception. See inform1, -ation

SYNONYMS FOR information
1. data, facts, intelligence, advice. 2. Information, knowledge, wisdom are terms for human acquirements through reading, study, and practical experience. Information applies to facts told, read, or communicated that may be unorganized and even unrelated: to pick up useful information. Knowledge is an organized body of information, or the comprehension and understanding consequent on having acquired and organized a body of facts: a knowledge of chemistry. Wisdom is a knowledge of people, life, and conduct, with the facts so thoroughly assimilated as to have produced sagacity, judgment, and insight: to use wisdom in handling people.

Related formsin·for·ma·tion·al, adjectivenon·in·for·ma·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for informational



knowledge acquired through experience or study
knowledge of specific and timely events or situations; news
the act of informing or the condition of being informed
  1. an office, agency, etc, providing information
  2. (as modifier)information service
  1. a charge or complaint made before justices of the peace, usually on oath, to institute summary criminal proceedings
  2. a complaint filed on behalf of the Crown, usually by the attorney general
  1. the meaning given to data by the way in which it is interpreted
  2. another word for data (def. 2)
too much information informal I don't want to hear any more
Derived Formsinformational, adjective

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Word Origin and History for informational



late 14c., "act of informing," from Old French informacion, enformacion "information, advice, instruction," from Latin informationem (nominative informatio) "outline, concept, idea," noun of action from past participle stem of informare (see inform). Meaning "knowledge communicated" is from mid-15c. Information technology attested from 1958. Information revolution from 1969.

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Idioms and Phrases with informational


see under gold mine.

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