Definition of communication noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəˌmjuːnɪˈkeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˌmjuːnɪˈkeɪʃn//
    Communication devices, Phone services, Job skills and personal qualities
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the activity or process of expressing ideas and feelings or of giving people information Speech is the fastest method of communication between people. All channels of communication need to be kept open. Doctors do not always have good communication skills. non-verbal communication We are in regular communication by email. See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
  2. 2  [uncountable] (also communications [plural]) methods of sending information, especially telephones, radio, computers, etc. or roads and railways communication systems/links/technology The new airport will improve communications between the islands. Snow has prevented communication with the outside world for three days. compare comms See related entries: Communication devices, Phone services
  3. 3[countable] (formal) a message, letter or telephone call a communication from the leader of the party See related entries: Phone services
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French comunicacion, from Latin communicatio(n-), from the verb communicare ‘to share’, from communis ‘common’.Extra examples Good communication is important for business. He received an official communication about the reorganization of the Ministry. I haven’t had any communication with him for several years. Letters are their only means of communication. Paris has good rail communications with other major cities. They tried to disrupt communications between the two headquarters. We are in regular communication with the kidnappers. We need better communication with clients. a communication from the officer to the general communication by letter measures which prevented communication with the outside world to establish direct communication between the lookout towers to keep open the channels of communication Doctors do not always have good communication skills. If you no longer wish to receive communications from us, follow the instructions at the bottom of the email. non-verbal communication such as gestures or facial expressions
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