no·​tice | \ ˈnō-təs How to pronounce notice (audio) \

Definition of notice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : warning or intimation of something : announcement subject to change without noticeDun's Rev. Please give us enough notice to prepare for your arrival.
(2) : the announcement of a party's intention to quit an agreement or relation at a specified time tenants' right freely to give notice— Store Bolin
(3) : the condition of being warned or notified usually used in the phrase on noticeputting all … court personnel on notice that fundamental rights had to be observed— E. E. Nobleman
2a : attention, heed first attracted notice with his short novel sit up and take notice
b : polite or favorable attention : civility She had very little notice from any but him.— Jane Austen
3 : a written or printed announcement Newspapers print notices of marriages and deaths. A notice was sent to parents about the school trip.
4 : a short critical account or review The play received good notices.


noticed; noticing; notices

Definition of notice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give notice of
2a : to comment upon
b : review
3a : to treat with attention or civility
b : to become aware of (something or someone) : to take notice of No one noticed her arrival. I think Mr. Carver is showing us at least part of the truth about a segment of American experience few of our writers trouble to notice.— Irving Howe
4 : to give a formal notice to

intransitive verb

: to become aware of something : to take notice Only one middle-aged customer seems not to notice.— Carol Wallace He did some unorthodox things, … but no one noticed except the musicians who tried to duplicate them.Rolling Stone

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Other Words from notice


noticer noun

Examples of notice in a Sentence

Noun Please give us enough notice to prepare for your arrival. Notices were sent to parents about the school trip. Did you see the notice about the meeting? Newspapers print notices of marriages and deaths. Verb She noticed a smell of gas. You didn't notice that I got my hair cut. She noticed me leaving the meeting early. I noticed an error in the book. The problem was first noticed several days ago.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This burden of inconvenience doesn’t get nearly enough notice among those trying to explain the Raptors’ malaise, a noticeable dropoff in energy, motivation and performance throughout the young season. Bruce Jenkins,, "Warriors to host a Raptors team drained of their 2019 championship swagger," 9 Jan. 2021 Longview: After nearly a month of serving customers indoors despite state rules against it, Stuffy’s II Restaurant received official notice Monday of a temporary restraining order and $126,000 fine. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Hank Aaron, skeptic’s mea culpa, vaccine campouts: News from around our 50 states," 6 Jan. 2021 Saur didn’t get much advance notice when the state started making the vaccine available to the general 65-and-over population. Jonathan Levin, Fortune, "Local officials resort to party-invite sites for vaccine rollout," 5 Jan. 2021 Twenty-five years ago, at the end of my two-month rotation in psychiatry, Edinburgh Medical School delivered the results of our student assessments by posting three lists of names on a departmental notice board. Gavin Francis, The New York Review of Books, "Changing Psychiatry’s Mind," 5 Jan. 2021 After the company lost contact with the captain, the company received an anti-piracy security alert notice, suggesting the captain activated an onboard warning system, the official said. Jon Gambrell,, "South Korean tanker was boarded by armed Iran Guard forces," 5 Jan. 2021 Activists learned about the utility’s move only because of a legal notice in the newspaper, Bunch said. Joshua Fechter,, "‘They’re trying to snuff it out’: San Antonio Water System wants judge to declare reform drive null and void," 5 Jan. 2021 Those disclosures were in English, which might not provide non-English speakers adequate notice, Tran said. Adam Elmahrek, Los Angeles Times, "Westminster voting site prompts concerns that other campaigns will follow suit," 3 Jan. 2021 The Acoma-Cañoncito-Laguna hospital is federally funded, and federal law requires a year’s advance notice to Congress before closing one of these facilities. New York Times, "Native Americans Reliant on Hospital Feel Abandoned by U.S. During Pandemic," 3 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The chef’s longtime fans might notice other trademark touches at Morihiro. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Times, "At Morihiro in Atwater Village, one of L.A.'s best sushi chefs finds a new home," 6 Jan. 2021 Twitter couldn't help but notice that Cooper ended up having a memorable time. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Anderson Cooper Got Drunk on National TV for New Year's Eve—Here Are Twitter's Favorite Moments," 1 Jan. 2021 Eagle eyes may notice that New York was one of our picks for 2020 as well; the City That Never Sleeps deserves another plug. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 20 Best Places to Travel in 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 In a year in which more than 338,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, viewers may notice a tonal shift compared with the goofy — and sometimes tipsy — coverage of years past. New York Times, "How the Networks Will Fill Airtime on a Quiet New Year’s Eve," 30 Dec. 2020 Avid romance readers may notice that season 1 blatantly sets up the events of the second book, which is about Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) finding a wife because in the finale, Anthony, uh, declares his intentions to find a wife. Leah Marilla Thomas,, "Bridgerton’s Finale Slyly Set Up A Major Story For Everyone’s Favourite Character," 26 Dec. 2020 Bank of America, which issues the debit cards for unemployment benefits, did notice that a sitting senator was receiving them and began an investigation. Carolyn Said,, "Scammer uses Dianne Feinstein’s name to claim unemployment benefits in California, feds say," 18 Dec. 2020 Kerry still marvels at how people notice him from his playing days. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The rise of Girl Dads in Southland includes former pro stars," 29 Dec. 2020 The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department gave the people living in the park a two days notice to remove their belongings from the area. Fox News, "Judge denies request to halt clearing of Seattle homeless camp," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of notice


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for notice

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, knowledge, notification, from Latin notitia acquaintance, awareness, from notus known, from past participle of noscere to come to know — more at know

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The first known use of notice was in the 15th century

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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Notice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of notice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: information that tells you or warns you about something that is going to happen
: a statement telling someone that an agreement, job, etc., will end soon
: attention that people give to someone or something



English Language Learners Definition of notice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become aware of (something or someone) by seeing, hearing, etc.


no·​tice | \ ˈnō-təs How to pronounce notice (audio) \

Kids Definition of notice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : warning, announcement The schedule may change without notice.
2 : an indication that an agreement will end at a specified time I gave my employer notice.
3 : attention sense 1, heed Take no notice of them.
4 : a written or printed announcement Notices were sent to parents about the school trip.
5 : a short piece of writing that gives an opinion (as of a book or play) The new show received good notices.


noticed; noticing

Kids Definition of notice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become aware of : pay attention to … my mother noticed a hole in the toe of my sock.— Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing



Legal Definition of notice

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a notification or communication of a fact, claim, demand, or proceeding — see also process, service

Note: The requirements of when, how, and what notice must be given to a person are often prescribed by a statute, rule, or contract.

b : awareness of such a fact, claim, demand, or proceeding
actual notice
1 : actual awareness or direct notification of a specific fact, demand, claim, or proceeding had actual notice of the meeting

called also express notice

2 : implied notice in this entry
constructive notice
: notice that one exercising ordinary care and diligence as a matter of duty would possess and especially that is imputed by law rather than from fact held to have constructive notice of the prior recorded deed — compare recording act
express notice
: actual notice in this entry
implied notice
: notice that is imputed to a party having knowledge of a fact or circumstance that would cause a reasonable party to inquire further or having possession of a means of knowing a particular fact and that is considered a form of actual notice

called also inquiry notice

notice by publication
: notice published in a public medium (as a newspaper) that is used, allowed, or required especially in matters of public concern, land, or estates or after due diligence in attempting personal service of process
2 : actual notice in this entry
3 : constructive notice in this entry
4 : something (as information) that would cause a reasonable party to inquire further — see also implied notice in this entry
5 : a written document containing notice filed a notice of appeal
6 : recognition or attention especially by a court — see also judicial notice
noticed; noticing

Legal Definition of notice (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to make known through notice appeals noticed for the coming session a noticed shareholder meeting
2 : to recognize formally in a civil action or proceeding, the court shall instruct the jury to accept as conclusive any fact judicially noticedFederal Rules of Evidence Rule 201(g)
3 : to serve a notice to also : to bring about by means of notice allowed to notice a deposition from the other party



Legal Definition of notice (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or being a recording act in which a party having an interest in property has priority over any earlier unrecorded claims of which the party had no notice — compare pure race, race-notice

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