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



    BrE BrE//ˌɪnfəˈmeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnfərˈmeɪʃn//
    (informal info) [uncountable]
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  1. 1  information (on/about somebody/something) facts or details about somebody/something a piece of information a source of information to collect/gather/obtain/receive information to provide/give/pass on information For further information on the diet, write to us at this address. Our information is that the police will shortly make an arrest. This leaflet is produced for the information of (= to inform) our customers. an information desk background information According to my information (= according to what I have been told) work was due to start last week. He refused to comment before he had seen all the relevant information. Express YourselfAsking for informationWhen you want to find something out, it sounds more polite if you can phrase your questions in an indirect way: Could you tell me the best way to get to Paddington station, please? Do you happen to know whether Amy Brown works here? I wonder whether/​if you can help me. I'm trying to find out which number to call for reservations.
  2. 2(North American English, informal) = directory enquiries More Like This Uncountable nouns often used wrongly accommodation, advice, chewing gum, feedback, furniture, equipment, information, luggage, news, progress, softwareSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (also in the sense ‘formation of the mind, teaching’), via Old French from Latin informatio(n-), from the verb informare ‘shape, fashion, describe’, from in- ‘into’ + forma ‘a form’.Extra examples At the moment we have very little information to go on. Do you have the information I need? Further information is available on request. Have you dug up any further information on the suspect? It is alleged that he gave false information to the tax authorities. It was improper of the broker to withhold the information from the stock exchange. James is able to retain an enormous amount of factual information in his head. New information will be posted on the Internet twice a month. Portable computers are good for accessing information while on the move. She didn’t volunteer that information, and I didn’t ask. She let slip a few nuggets of information about herself. Someone leaked information to the press. The French and British police will exchange information on wanted criminals. The Internet allows us to share information with our distributors. The information flows in both directions. The leaflet provides contact information for your local branch. The police are still questioning witnesses and gathering information. The research has yielded a lot of information. The two countries exchange information on wanted criminals. The way you present the information is important. There are legal constraints on the use of price-sensitive information. They passed on the information about the crime to the police. This book is a mine of information on the Romans. This is the information age and there’s an insatiable appetite for data and speed. This leaflet is produced for the information of our customers. a court order preventing an ex-employee from disclosing confidential information a reward for information leading to an arrest an interesting piece of information an organization that collects and disseminates information about women in science basic information like date of birth and phone number basic information like date of birth, doctor’s name and phone number database systems that process and store information financial information concerning a company general information about the company as a whole information gained from research information relating to the social background of the child software that retrieves information from a variety of different sources the difficulties of extracting information from government officials the latest information on lung conditions the latest information on the situation in the Middle East to improve the flow of information within the company Do you have any information about local buses? For further information, contact us at the above address. He is accused of giving false information to the police. He refused to comment until he had seen all the relevant information. Information is stored on their computerized databases. Log onto our website for the most up-to-date information. One piece of information was particularly interesting. Our information is that the police will shortly make an arrest. The Internet can be a mine of information. The information was passed on by the immigration service. The meeting is really to exchange information. This information is strictly confidential. This letter is for information only. We do not give out this information over the phone. We will need a little more background information. What was your main source of information for your article? You can go to the information desk for help. You will need to collect as much information as possible.Idioms
    1. 1(abbreviation FYI) = for information only
    2. 2(informal) used to tell somebody that they are wrong about something For your information, I don't even have a car.
    written on documents that are sent to somebody who needs to know the information in them but does not need to deal with them
    a mine of information (about/on somebody/something)
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    a person, book, etc. that can give you a lot of information on a particular subject
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: information