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 noticeputting 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 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; 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

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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 Identical notices were issued Aug. 14 to the city’s primary contractor, West Coast General Corp., and to a subcontractor called Argus Contracting. San Diego Union-Tribune, "City of San Diego cited for asbestos violations at former Sempra building," 15 Sep. 2019 Brevard County’s barrier island evacuation notice had been for early Sunday morning, resulting in many people clearing out on Saturday. Kevin Spear,, "Hurricane Dorian wrecks Labor Day break at Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral," 1 Sep. 2019 During his senior year, Kareem was selected the Alabama 2A player of the year, and teams around the SEC started to take notice. Bob Carlton |, al, "The Alabama football hero who became a cheesecake king," 12 Sep. 2019 The parks department has sent a notice on NextDoor advising residents to keep an eye on the health of their trees. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "A beetle that burrows into spruce trees has infected Denver city parks," 11 Sep. 2019 The lab sent notice on April 18, two and a half weeks before the Kentucky Derby, that Justify had tested positive for scopolamine, which is normally used to treat stomach or intestinal problems, such as nausea and muscle spasms, in humans. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Justify Failed a Drug Test Before Winning the Triple Crown," 11 Sep. 2019 Monday, the superintendent of Green Local Schools sent a notice to parents that all students will now receive standard lunch regardless of their account balance. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "This 9-year-old was denied lunch on his birthday at school. Now the district is making changes," 10 Sep. 2019 The county sent numerous notices seeking payment but Syed wouldn’t pay. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "St. Paul school board candidate ineligible due to felony drug charges, records show," 6 Sep. 2019 State officials earlier this year sent notices to more than 230,000 people — who elections officials say mostly are people who have died or moved — earlier this year, informing them they were scheduled to be purged from the rolls in September. Andrew J. Tobias,, "Ohio to continue with voter purge Friday after federal judge declines to block it," 3 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Workers at an early voting site collecting ballots could have noticed missing signatures and helped voters at the time, the lawsuit said. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona voters who don't sign early ballots will get a second chance under settlement," 12 Sep. 2019 Cora noticed Mike’s swing during spring training, when Yastzremski was still a member of the Baltimore Orioles., "Alex Cora looks forward to matching up with a Giant in his field - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 During an auction of artwork donated by regional artists, Brown noticed a portrait of himself as well as its artist, a woman in her late 20s in from out-of-state. Robert Klemko,, "There’s More History to Antonio Brown’s History," 16 Sep. 2019 On a cloudy night in April 2017, Chicago police officers patrolling West Englewood noticed a group shooting a makeshift music video in a vacant lot in the South Side neighborhood. Megan Crepeau,, "Prosecutors say Tyshawn Lee was lured to his death by gang rivals of his father. Nearly four years later, two men are on trial for his execution-style killing.," 16 Sep. 2019 Later that month, Administration officials noticed a pattern. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "The Fight for the Latino Vote in Florida," 16 Sep. 2019 Chiney noticed the man approach them and briefly moved to defend herself and Nneka. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Fan at LA Sparks playoff game tackled after running onto the court with object in his hand," 15 Sep. 2019 Recently, a previous resident who was looking at satellite images of Grand Isles neighborhood in Wellington, Florida, noticed something in the water, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "He left the bar and disappeared — until startling discovery on Google Earth," 13 Sep. 2019 While on special patrol in the lot at Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse following two recent burglaries there, an officer noticed the same car driving slowly past at least three times around 3 a.m. on Sept. 9. Thomas Jewell,, "“Steak-out” nabs a few crooks, scofflaws: Orange Police Blotter," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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How to pronounce notice (audio)

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
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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