Definition of inform
1 obsolete : to give material form to
2a : to give character or essence to <the principles which inform modern teaching>b : to be the characteristic quality of : animate <the compassion that informs her work>
4 obsolete : to make known
5 : to communicate knowledge to <inform a prisoner of his rights>
1 : to impart information or knowledge
2 : to give information (as of another's wrongdoing) to an authority <informed on a member of his own gang>
Examples of inform in a sentence
The book will entertain and inform you.
The arresting officer failed to inform the suspect of his rights.
He failed to inform the suspect that he had the right to remain silent.
We haven't yet been informed of her decision.
Frequent reports from the battlefield kept the general informed about how the attack was progressing.
The book will both entertain and inform.
His Catholic upbringing informs all his writing.
Origin and Etymology of inform
Middle English, from Anglo-French enformer, from Latin informare, from in- + forma form
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of inform
INFORM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inform for English Language Learners
: to give information to (someone)
: to be or provide the essential quality of (something) : to be very noticeable in (something)
INFORM Defined for Kids
Definition of inform for Students
1 : to let a person know something <I informed him of the changes.>
2 : to give information so as to accuse or cause suspicion <He refused to inform on his friends.>
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