no·tice | \ ˈnō-təs \

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

b : information, intelligence

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

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 take notice of : mark

4 : to give a formal notice to

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Other words from notice


noticer noun

Examples of notice in a Sentence


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.


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

The department said he was reported as an escapee May 23, but the notice evidently did not go to the marshals service for the federal court. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, "An alleged murder by absconding inmate prompts relocation of D.C. Jail prisoners to Virginia," 13 July 2018 Without mentioning Thailand, the notice said some cruise companies exercised lax management and maintained inadequate safety measures. Fox News, "Thai police: Investigations into boat sinkings are advancing," 10 July 2018 Fans are used to seeing Neymar dropping to the ground, rolling around, clutching his injury until the referee notices and ideally gives him a free kick or penalty shot. Melissa Locker, Time, "Hilarious Young Soccer Players Had Way Too Much Fun Doing 'the Neymar'," 6 July 2018 Here's what patients should expect Companies planning mass layoffs and plant closures are required to file the notices by federal law. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "The extent of anesthesiology layoffs at Atrium hospitals is detailed for first time," 3 July 2018 Those with combat or security experience, the notice added, were especially preferred. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 Jared DeMarinis, the board’s director of candidacy and campaign finance, said the notices have already been distributed to early voting sites and with absentee ballots. Michael Dresser,, "Valerie Ervin criticizes Ben Jealous as she supports Rushern Baker in Maryland governor's race," 13 June 2018 If the measure is approved by voters, the governor will transfer the notice of state approval to Congress, which will vote to ratify the creation of the new three-state structure. Madison Park, CNN, "Initiative to break California into 3 states to go on November ballot," 13 June 2018 All in all the procedures meant someone who didn’t vote for six years and who threw out the notices could be removed from the rolls. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court Opens Door to More Red-State Voter Purges," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ever notice Reds reliever Jared Hughes sprinting from the bullpen to the mound? Bobby Nightengale,, "Reds Beat Blog: Will the Reds be sellers or stand pat at the trade deadline?," 9 July 2018 Aquaria, still emotional from her big win, was too dazed to notice who was helping her. Yohana Desta, HWD, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Winner Aquaria Knows Exactly How to Address Racism in the Show’s Fandom," 29 June 2018 Standing up to leave, Perrote notices a bruise on her leg. Eve Barlow, GQ, "15 Hours With Hinds, Spain's Wildest Rock Band," 25 June 2018 The system monitors brain activity, determining if a person has noticed an error in the machine's work. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Humans Can Now Correct Robots With Brainwaves," 20 June 2018 Then in the summer of 2010, about 2 1/2 years into Mike's sentence, Charlotte and Tyler began to notice a change. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "He lost his dad not once, but twice. How has this pitcher kept himself in the game?," 13 June 2018 Olson, who isn't a club member, had recently discovered the clubhouse after leaving the nearby Drink Wisconsinbly Pub, 135 E. National Ave., and noticing the open door. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Model railroad club still operates in a historic train station hiding in plain sight in the Harbor District," 13 July 2018 The same day, someone walking through the Fresh Pond area, where Cambridge and Arlington meet, noticed a LimeBike in a small pond near the Minuteman Bikeway trail. Steve Annear,, "Dockless bikes keep ending up underwater," 13 July 2018 Fans on social media began noticing that pictures were disappearing from her feed late Thursday evening, with some watching in real time as the posts began to leave her page. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Deletes All Instagram Posts, Including Those with Liam Hemsworth," 13 July 2018

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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


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


see notice entry 1

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

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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 \

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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