Definition of information in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnfəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1Facts provided or learned about something or someone: a vital piece of information
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  • The unit will provide information and advice to members of the public on their rights and entitlements.
  • Facts provide information which is free from the contamination of a subjective viewpoint.
  • They will also be consulted on plans for future developments and receive regular information about the hospital.
instruction, advice, guidance, direction, counsel, enlightenment;
news, notice, word;
informal info, gen, the low-down, the dope, the inside story, the latest, bumf, deets
1.1 [count noun] Law A charge lodged with a magistrates' court: the tenant may lay an information against his landlord
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  • The rule developed during a period of extreme formality and technicality in the preferring of indictments and laying of informations.
  • However, the duty of the court is to hear informations which are properly before it.
  • The Local Court Magistrate quashed and declared void the informations.
2What is conveyed or represented by a particular arrangement or sequence of things: genetically transmitted information
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  • Nearly half are sensory which convey information to the brain; the rest are motor which transmit orders from the brain.
  • Topic Maps are useful because they convey more information we can use.
  • The bandwidth constraints of the internet force us to find more concise ways to represent information.
2.1 Computing Data as processed, stored, or transmitted by a computer.
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  • All the cards contain a computer chip which stores information, such as what type of meal has been purchased by the pupil.
  • Although the hardware is still at a very basic stage, the theory of how quantum computers process information is well advanced.
  • At that price, he reasoned, it would finally be cheaper to store information on computer than it is on paper.
2.2(In information theory) a mathematical quantity expressing the probability of occurrence of a particular sequence of symbols, impulses, etc., as against that of alternative sequences.


Late Middle English (also in the sense 'formation of the mind, teaching'), via Old French from Latin informatio(n-), from the verb informare (see inform).

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