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no·​tice ˈnō-təs How to pronounce notice (audio)
: warning or intimation of something : announcement
subject to change without noticeDun's Rev.
Please give us enough notice to prepare for your arrival.
: the announcement of a party's intention to quit an agreement or relation at a specified time
tenants' right freely to give noticeStore Bolin
: 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 observedE. E. Nobleman
: attention, heed
first attracted notice with his short novel
see also take notice
: polite or favorable attention : civility
She had very little notice from any but him.Jane Austen
: a written or printed announcement
Newspapers print notices of marriages and deaths.
A notice was sent to parents about the school trip.
: a short critical account or review
The play received good notices.


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noticed; noticing; notices

transitive verb

: to give notice of
: to comment upon
: review
: to treat with attention or civility
: 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
: 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
noticer noun

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The notice does not mention if any injuries have been reported or how the glass was discovered. Reuters, NBC News, 20 Feb. 2023 The notice that granted the FDA this extraordinary power, effective Feb. 4, 2020, appeared in the Federal Register, the daily publication that prints the finest of the fine print of U.S. government operations. oregonlive, 19 Feb. 2023 Why the Ohio derailment disaster could happen more often Norfolk Southern began offering the money to residents living within a one-mile radius of the crash site after the evacuation notice was lifted on Feb. 8, Spielmaker said. Chris Mueller, The Enquirer, 18 Feb. 2023 However, cities have worked around the existing state laws by mandating that landlords provide prior notice before jacking up rents by a certain amount. Martin E. Comas, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Feb. 2023 The recall notice spans Tesla Model S, X, 3, and Y vehicles. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 16 Feb. 2023 My concern is the board members are secretly discussing and conducting board business throughout the year in between board meetings, either in person, telephonically or over email, without providing notice to the unit owners. Howard Dakoff, Chicago Tribune, 12 Feb. 2023 Per state statute, a county board supervisor planning to resign must first provide a notice of resignation in writing to the sheriff. Journal Sentinel, 27 Jan. 2023 If your job loss is part of a mass layoff, the company is required by federal law to provide at least 60 days notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 26 Jan. 2023
But notice how, when these guys are in the ring, the rest of the crowd blacks out around them. Christian Holub,, 4 Mar. 2023 Fans notice that Hailey and Kylie post Instagram Stories around the same time showing off their eyebrows. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 3 Mar. 2023 Fans might also notice aesthetic similarities between the fictional and real-life duos. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Mar. 2023 Urban dwellers might also notice changes in how often they’re allowed to water outdoor plants. Dallas News, 3 Mar. 2023 The on-court officials apparently did not notice the violation, which would have resulted in a technical foul and free throws for the Trojans, and left the court before it could be corrected by replay. Creg Stephenson |, al, 3 Mar. 2023 Bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies also notice when the first, fragrant flowers appear in mid summer. Marty Ross, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Mar. 2023 The caveat is, despite the design, several users didn't notice any cooling effects. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 27 Feb. 2023 Metzger doesn’t notice Hallgren lagging behind the team during wind sprints anymore. Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use


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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near notice

Cite this Entry

“Notice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
no·​tice ˈnōt-əs How to pronounce notice (audio)
: warning or indication of something : announcement
gave us notice of the change
: notification of the ending of an agreement at a specified time
gave my employer notice
: attention sense 1, heed
take no notice of them
: a written or printed announcement
: a brief published criticism (as of a book)


2 of 2 verb
noticed; noticing
: to make mention of : remark on
: to take notice of : observe, mark
notice details

Legal Definition


1 of 3 noun
: 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.

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

called also express notice

: 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
: actual notice in this entry
: constructive notice in this entry
: something (as information) that would cause a reasonable party to inquire further see also implied notice in this entry
: a written document containing notice
filed a notice of appeal
: recognition or attention especially by a court see also judicial notice


2 of 3 transitive verb
noticed; noticing
: to make known through notice
appeals noticed for the coming session
a noticed shareholder meeting
: 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)
: to serve a notice to
also : to bring about by means of notice
allowed to notice a deposition from the other party


3 of 3 adjective
: 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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