in ‧ for ‧ ma ‧ tion S1 W1 /ˌɪnfəˈmeɪʃ ə n $ -fər-/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]
[ Word Family: noun : ↑ informant , ↑ information , ↑ informer , ↑ misinformation , ↑ disinformation ; verb : ↑ inform , ↑ misinform ; adjective : ↑ informative ≠ UNINFORMATIVE , ↑ informed ≠ ↑ uninformed ; adverb : ↑ informatively ]
1 . facts or details that tell you something about a situation, person, event etc:
I need more information.
We have received information that Grant may have left the country.
The book contains information about a wide variety of subjects.
my/our etc information is (=used to say what you know about a situation)
My information is that Gary wants to stay with the club.
Information is an uncountable noun and has no plural form. Use a singular verb after it:
The information was not passed on to the hospital.
In everyday English, in informal contexts, people often use the expression tell someone something rather than using the noun information :
▪ I wonder if you could give me some information about your childhood. ➔ I wonder if you could tell me something about your childhood.
2 . American English the telephone service which provides telephone numbers to people who ask for them SYN directory enquiries British English
3 . for your information spoken used when you are telling someone that they are wrong about a particular fact:
For your information, I’ve worked as a journalist for six years.
4 . for information only written on copies of letters and documents that are sent to someone who needs to know about them but does not have to deal with them ⇨ inside information at ↑ inside 3 (2)
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■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + information
The information he gave me was very useful.
Are you sure this information is correct?
He was jailed for providing false information to the police.
▪ relevant (=about the subject you are interested in)
Some of the information in the article is not particularly relevant.
That information was confidential and should not have been passed on.
▪ more/further/additional information
For more information, visit our website.
▪ new information
The police have received new information about the case.
▪ the latest information (=information that has been discovered very recently)
We have access to all the latest information.
▪ the necessary information
This leaflet should provide you with all the necessary information.
▪ detailed information
More detailed information is available free on request.
▪ financial/economic information
The financial information contained in the report is based on the company's audited accounts.
▪ background information (=information explaining what happened before the present situation)
He gave us some background information about the trial.
▪ have information
Do you have any information about coach trips to Oxford?
▪ contain information
The documents contained top secret information.
▪ get/receive information
It is vital that people receive the information they need.
▪ give/provide information
a booklet giving information about local education services
▪ collect/gather information
The job consisted of gathering information about consumer needs.
▪ need information
When I needed information for my report, Jack was always extremely helpful.
▪ look for information ( also seek information formal )
Journalists going to the building to seek information were denied entry.
▪ exchange information (=give information to each other)
The meetings provided an opportunity to exchange information.
▪ disseminate information formal (=give it to a lot of people)
The internet plays a key role in disseminating information.
▪ a piece/bit of information ( also an item of information formal )
He provided me with several useful pieces of information.
▪ a source of information (=someone or something that can provide information)
Newspapers are valuable sources of information.