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 notice putting 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 — see also 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

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 All programs and activities are subject to change without notice. Mary Lou Cruz,, 22 Nov. 2021 As Thomas tells it, Nathan had shown up to their house without notice, would disappear for days at a time, and leave their doors unlocked. Cate Young, Vulture, 14 Nov. 2021 Massage-device maker Therabody is taking notice, signing her to a partnership deal. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Clearly, some people are taking notice of McReynolds’ eye-popping stats. Ben Thomas |, al, 14 Oct. 2021 The difference between a concert like this and Woodstock is neither talent nor star power, but an enduring mythology that kept one rattling around in our head for decades after, while taking little notice of the other. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 This year, millions of workers in the Sun Belt have been forced to deal with anti-equality attacks by state legislatures and businesses are taking notice. Trey Grayson, Fortune, 4 Oct. 2021 Soon, observers back in America were taking notice, too. Mayukh Sen, The New Yorker, 30 Sep. 2021 Still, the Orioles’ prospects are such that observers are taking notice. Jon Meoli,, 30 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But much of the headache remains on the road, as most drivers will notice soaring gas prices in addition to traffic. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2021 Drivers will see some troopers on the state’s highways, but may not notice others. Christine Dempsey,, 23 Nov. 2021 Capacity limits are one of the first things travelers will notice, but these work in passengers’ favor, providing even more space to relax on the ship. Ramsey Qubein, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Nov. 2021 The players dodged the worst of the weather, but Korda couldn’t help but notice a number of tees moved forward based on the forecast. oregonlive, 18 Nov. 2021 In fact, both Peyton and Eli couldn’t help but notice a resemblance in the throwing motions of Rivers and Murphy. Mark Heim |, al, 17 Nov. 2021 By the time people notice their hair growing back, a year may have passed since the process was set into motion. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 12 Nov. 2021 But when a team ranked 16th in the country by the Associated Press is dismissed out of hand by a selection committee that can’t even bother to compare common opponents, that team can’t help but notice the lack of respect. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Nov. 2021 Madison can’t help but notice that when her family travels, K’ryah’s asthma improves. Kathleen Flynn, ProPublica, 2 Nov. 2021

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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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“Notice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 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


transitive verb
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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