communication Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “communication” in the English Dictionary

"communication" in British English

See all translations

communicationnoun

uk   us   /kəˌmjuː.nɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/
B1 [U] the ​act of ​communicating with ​people: Television is an ​increasinglyimportant means of communication. We are indirect communication with Moscow. With no ​decentphonesignal, communication is ​difficult. There's very little communication betweenmother and ​daughter (= they do not have a good ​relationship). a ​course on communication ​skills [C] formal a ​message or a ​letter: We ​receivedyour communication of 11 ​March and are ​sorry to ​inform you that we won't be ​attending the ​conference.communications [plural] the ​variousmethods of ​sendinginformation between ​people and ​places, ​especiallyphones, ​computers, ​radio, etc.: the communications ​industry ways of ​moving between one ​place and another: Its ​commercialsuccess as a ​city is ​partlydue to ​itsexcellentrail and ​road communications.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of communication from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"communication" in American English

See all translations

communicationnoun [C/U]

 us   /kəˌmju·nɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/
the ​process by which ​messages or ​information is ​sent from one ​place or ​person to another, or the ​message itself: [U] E-mail is an ​increasinglyimportantmeans of ​business communication. Communication is also the ​exchange of ​information and the ​expression of ​feeling that can ​result in ​understanding: [U] There was very little communication between the two ​brothers.
(Definition of communication from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"communication" in Business English

See all translations

communicationnoun

uk   us   /kəˌmjuːnɪˈkeɪʃən/ COMMUNICATIONS
[U] the ​process of sharing ​information, especially when this ​increasesunderstanding between ​people or ​groups: We have been in communication with various ​agencies in ​regard to this matter.a form/means/method of communication Email is an excellent ​means of communication because of the ​flexibility it ​allows. The ​trainingdepartment uses a ​specialboardgame to ​improve communication betweenmanagers and their ​employees.enhance/improve/foster communication He said communication with ​neighborhoods and ​communitygroups must be ​improved. The ​projectfailed because of a lack of communication between the two ​departments. There was a breakdown in communication.channels/lines of communication It is important to ​keep the ​channels of communication ​open at all ​times. Effective communication is a ​two-wayprocess. Good communication ​skills are ​essential in this ​job. In the ​study, the ​effectiveness of online communication was contrasted with ​person-to-personinteraction.
[C] formal a written or spoken ​message: I ​kept a ​record of who I spoke to, ​wrote to, or received a communication from. By ​subscribing to the ​list, you are ​agreeing to receive ​regularemail communications from the ​company.
(Definition of communication from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “communication”
in Arabic اتِّصال…
in Korean 의사소통, 대화…
in Portuguese comunicação…
in Catalan comunicació…
in Japanese コミュニケーション…
in Chinese (Simplified) 交流, 沟通, 交际…
in Turkish iletişim, haberleşme, bildirişim…
in Russian общение, связь, сообщение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 交流, 溝通, 交際…
in Italian comunicazione…
in Polish porozumienie, komunikacja, wiadomość…
What is the pronunciation of communication?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“communication” in Business English

Word of the Day

carnival

(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More