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 That Killed 2 Saugus High School posted on its website that the campus was closed until further notice after the shooting. Joelle Goldstein,, "Teen Gunman Dies a Day After Shooting Himself and Killing 2 Others at a California High School," 15 Nov. 2019 Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt have expressed concern that the families were moved to cities without notice and could strain public services. USA TODAY, "‘Embracing tree,’ buffalo retirement, castaway cows: News from around our 50 states," 14 Nov. 2019 Wins like this against teams of Villanova’s reputation tend to put the rest of the country on notice. Stephen Means, cleveland, "How beating Villanova showed Chris Holtmann more about Ohio State basketball than any 2018-19 win could," 14 Nov. 2019 The starting junior quarterback for the No. 1 team in the state in Class 5A might take notice of the crowd. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Stepping up: Lincoln Roth, in face of family tragedy, thrives as starting quarterback at New Pal," 14 Nov. 2019 Despite its failure, the attack put the world’s armed forces on notice: the age of the drone swarm was here. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Downs Several Drones With New ATHENA Laser Weapon System," 8 Nov. 2019 But given the need to build a 2020 schedule on short notice, scoring two games appears to have been worth a less lucrative return. Alex Putterman,, "Game contracts reveal details about UConn football scheduling in 2020 and beyond," 24 Oct. 2019 Millions were left in the dark, many without notice., "PG&E warns it could cut power to California users again - The Boston Globe," 23 Oct. 2019 Barack Obama traveled with a SCIF tent during his presidency that could be set up on short notice inside, say, a hotel room. Wired, "Total SCIF Show: The GOP's Raid Puts National Security at Risk," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here are 10 things their entourage will notice about the building. Ben Crandell,, "Hard Rock Guitar Hotel: 10 things to know about that dynamic light show," 15 Nov. 2019 The three men were scouring a thicket on the edge of a soybean field, hoping to stumble across the buck's carcass, when Eric noticed a peculiar stonelike object lying on the ground. Wired, "The Strange Life and Mysterious Death of a Virtuoso Coder," 14 Nov. 2019 Javors, 30, started taking testosterone 3½ years ago and noticed that while barbershop employees were always polite and accepting, the shop itself didn’t feel totally relaxing and safe. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "This non-gendered “hair space” in RiNo is creating community through haircuts," 14 Nov. 2019 New: Feds: 'Cop-killer' FN Five-SeveN pistol used to kill Dayton detective Enquirer media partner Fox19 reported that one father found a razor blade in his son's Reese's Peanut Butter Cup after noticing the tampered packaging. Segann March,, "Who tampered with Halloween Candy in Colerain? The investigation continues," 13 Nov. 2019 The Regimen The first thing Carmen noticed was the subtle sweet smell of the two bottles, DevaCurl DevaFresh Scalp & Curl Revitalizer and DevaCurl High Shine Multi-Benefit Oil. Essence, "We Put DevaCurl DevaFresh to the Test!," 12 Nov. 2019 That is, until a paleontologist polished it and noticed the beetle was special. Stephenie Livingston, Science | AAAS, "This amber-encased beetle may have been one of the first insects to pollinate flowers," 11 Nov. 2019 Topgolf attendees who saw the work probably noticed the kale garden was still there, with construction occurring around it. Henry Schulman,, "Giants begin construction of new bullpens: How Oracle Park is changing," 8 Nov. 2019 After noticing the men had stolen $79 worth of Red Bull, the clerk confronted the men outside the Mobil station. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Glendale gas station clerk was punched in the face by Red Bull thieves, police say," 7 Nov. 2019

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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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How to pronounce notice (audio)

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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