inform

verb
in·​form | \ in-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce inform (audio) \
informed; informing; informs

Definition of inform

transitive verb

1 : to communicate knowledge to inform a prisoner of his rights
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
3 obsolete : to give material form to
4 obsolete : guide, direct
5 obsolete : to make known

intransitive verb

1 : to give information (as of another's wrongdoing) to an authority informed on a member of his own gang
2 : to impart information or knowledge

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inform, acquaint, apprise, notify mean to make one aware of something. inform implies the imparting of knowledge especially of facts or occurrences. informed us of the crisis acquaint lays stress on introducing to or familiarizing with. acquaint yourself with the keyboard apprise implies communicating something of special interest or importance. keep us apprised of the situation notify implies sending notice of something requiring attention or demanding action. notified the witness when to appear

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web According to a White House official involved in the policy, Rubio had been informed that the Administration planned to sanction eight members of the Venezuelan Supreme Court, including the chief judge, the next day. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "The Fight for the Latino Vote in Florida," 16 Sep. 2019 The revision performed at Jordan Friday still conveyed affection and excitement, but informed by experience. BostonGlobe.com, "A FAR CRY," 15 Sep. 2019 But research demonstrates that social consensus, informed in part by peers and other parents, is also an effective element in conversations that shape decisions. Robert Mckeever, The Conversation, "Anti-vaccination mothers have outsized voice on social media; pro-vaccination parents could make a difference," 13 Sep. 2019 Within hours of the single’s release, Twitter was buzzing with theories from fans that Cyrus’s lyrics were informed by her recent split from Liam Hemsworth. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Is Miley Cyrus Slamming Ex Liam Hemsworth in New Song 'Don't Call Me Angel'? Fans Think So," 13 Sep. 2019 As a businessman, much of Yang's perspectives towards healthcare are informed by his history of being an employer who had to provide healthcare for his employees. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Andrew Yang's 2020 Dark-Horse Presidential Platform," 12 Sep. 2019 The technology that recognizes Cruise in the Gap store is informed by a chip embedded inside him. Wired, "Do Our Faces Deserve the Same Protection as Our Phones?," 10 Sep. 2019 Wilkerson grew up in Hartford’s North End, and apart from time spent in Israel, Africa and Europe, Wilkerson’s dance has been informed by the city. Kaitlin Mccallum, courant.com, "Defiant, black and queer, Hartford dancer and artist Arien Wilkerson demands access to an audience," 4 Sep. 2019 My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Mattis: Trump ‘an unusual president,’ but ‘we’ve got to be careful’," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of inform

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for inform

Middle English, from Anglo-French enformer, from Latin informare, from in- + forma form

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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of inform was in the 14th century

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inform

verb
How to pronounce inform (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inform

: to give information to (someone)
formal : to be or provide the essential quality of (something) : to be very noticeable in (something)

inform

verb
in·​form | \ in-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce inform (audio) \
informed; informing

Kids Definition of inform

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.

Other Words from inform

informer noun

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