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

Around two hours later, Instagram sent him a removal notice, and Twitter followed within 48 hours. NBC News, "Fans howl over taking down World Cup Twitter posts for copyright issues," 14 July 2018 Licensees who want to have their case considered at a hearing would be required to reply via mail within five days of receiving the notice, instead of 10. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Proposed Changes To Streamline West Hartford's Entertainment, Food Truck Ordinances Go To Public Hearing Tuesday," 12 July 2018 The law requires drug makers to give insurers, governments, and purchasers advance notice of large price hikes. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: California transparency law stalls some price hikes; Pfizer reorganizes operations, again," 11 July 2018 Sunday night’s shooting also underscores that gang violence can erupt without notice, despite a concerted police effort to suppress it. Don Babwin, The Seattle Times, "Police say 3 girls wounded in Chicago gang crossfire," 2 July 2018 After that sort of chart domination, the album’s release itself runs the risk of feeling a bit like an afterthought—a potential pitfall of giving so much advance notice. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "Drake Proves He’s One of the Music Industry’s Few Remaining Old-School Stars," 29 June 2018 But someone did notice eventually, initiating months of cat-and-mouse between the City of Seattle and the unsheltered community living here. Dae Shik Kim Hawkins, The Atlantic, "An App for Ejecting the Homeless," 28 June 2018 The original notice, sent to the City Council on May 15, advised of a rate increase throughout the cities the company serves by June 19, and included an optional ordinance giving cities the option to extend the effective date 90 days to Sept. 17. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Shenandoah News & Notes: June 13," 14 June 2018 After its annexation of Crimea, the other seven members shrunk the bloc and effectively kicked Russia out until further notice, starting with a summit in 2014. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Trump: Russia Should Be Allowed Back Into G-8 Bloc," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Santiago said family members noticed the back sliding door was unlocked and called police. Juan Ortega,, "Boy, 5, dies after being found in Lauderhill canal," 9 July 2018 In 2001, conservators noticed small surface cracks, crystals, and droplets forming on the glass. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Science of Saving the Declaration of Independence," 3 July 2018 A few years ago, Lapeyre noticed knockoffs of his machines being used by former customers. Katia Dmitrieva,, "In Louisiana, Trump’s Trade War Spooks America’s Biggest Port," 27 June 2018 Her team noticed Melania's Zara jacket four hours after pictures first surfaced, and had products referencing the outwear item selling on the site six hours after. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Clothing Designers' "I Do Care" Merchandise Raises Thousands for Causes," 26 June 2018 One of my colleagues suddenly noticed a stone embedded in a steep outcrop. Time, "A Discovery in China Suggests That Human-Like Species Left Africa 250,000 Years Earlier Than Believed," 13 July 2018 According to the letter, Macy’s first noticed suspicious login activity from several customer profiles on June 11 and, following an investigation, blocked all online profiles displaying suspicious activity the following day. Alex Soderstrom, ajc, "Macy’s says hackers accessed customer credit card information," 12 July 2018 A few years ago, when data from testing chemicals on thousands of animals were made public, a team of toxicologists and computer wizards noticed something alarming. Eric Boodman, STAT, "Computers may surpass rabbits and rodents for some chemical safety tests," 11 July 2018 During her trips out West, de Castro—who, only a few months prior, had jumped on the cleanse bandwagon, citing its ability to help her lose weight, clear brain fog, and ease anxiety—noticed L.A.’s lack of juiceries. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "The Business of Feeling Good," 11 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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