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Communication (kə-myoo-ni-kay-shən)

Communication is the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else.


The term "communication" originates from the Latin word "communicare", which means "to share".

Related Terms

  • Interpersonal communication: This is the process by which people exchange information, feelings, and meaning through verbal and non-verbal messages.
  • Nonverbal communication: This involves those nonverbal stimuli in a communication setting that are generated by both the source and his or her use of the environment and that have potential message value for the source or receiver.
  • Verbal communication: This refers to the use of sounds and language to relay a message.
  • Written communication: This involves any type of interaction that makes use of the written word.
  • Visual communication: This is the conveyance of ideas and information in forms that can be seen.
  • Intrapersonal communication: This is a communicator's internal use of language or thought.

See Also


  • The Handbook of Communication Skills by Owen Hargie
  • Communication: The Handbook by Julia T. Wood

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