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

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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 Prices subject to change without notice and any coupons mentioned above may be available in limited supply. Maren Estrada, BGR, "10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: Free Fire TV Stick 4K with eero, $4 smart plugs, must-have $35 kitchen gadget, more," 2 May 2021 If the Biden administration is effective in branding those programs as a result of their work, some persuadable voters may take notice. Stephen Collinson And Maeve Reston, CNN, "Biden's economic push tests the power of pocketbook issues to sway America's polarized electorate," 30 Apr. 2021 Customers, employees or citizens can be mobilized to take action seemingly on a moment’s notice. Kotter, Forbes, "Lessons From Lincoln And Mandela For Today’s Leaders," 28 Apr. 2021 The evolving service added more than 30 games at the beginning of April, and the offerings feature heavy hitters that will make core gamers take notice. Gieson Cacho, Star Tribune, "Apple Arcade expands to lure core gamers," 21 Apr. 2021 Churches, too, were beginning to take notice of this alluring female character and express concern about her. New York Times, "Joye Hummel, First Woman to Write Wonder Woman, Dies at 97," 16 Apr. 2021 It’s no wonder, then, that the fashion world has begun to take notice, with Eartheater becoming something of an ongoing muse to Casey Cadwallader of Mugler. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Eartheater’s New Music Video Is a Surrealist Trip to Another World," 12 Apr. 2021 As hospitals became overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, more women seemed to take notice of the midwifery practice’s services. Dallas News, "North Texas Black-owned birth center provides alternative for pregnant women," 5 Apr. 2021 Tesla fans quickly reacted, urging other Twitter users to delete screenshots of those tweets over fears the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission might take notice. Washington Post, "Elon Musk tweets, deletes brag that Tesla will be biggest company ‘in a few months’," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Or what if your pants could notice that your stride has changed and alert you at the onset of injuries? Washington Post, "Did you get enough steps in today? Maybe one day you’ll ask your ‘smart’ shirt.," 3 May 2021 So people who are shopping at the mall and notice the clinic going on are welcome to pop in and get vaccinated. Bob Blubaugh,, "COVID vaccination has ‘huge impact,’ health official says, but now the rest of Carroll residents need to get shots," 30 Apr. 2021 The payment settled a pending tort claim, or notice to sue the university, which was brought by Rodrigues’ estate. oregonlive, "University of Oregon sues ex-campus cop, alleging he lied, withheld evidence in malicious prosecution of Latino bicyclist," 26 Apr. 2021 Hoosiers waking up in Central Indiana Wednesday morning may notice the lingering accumulation of the unusual spring snowfall. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "Beware slick roads in Central Indiana. But here's why Old Man Winter won't last.," 21 Apr. 2021 The 8mm camera work (inspired by those martial arts movies) is one of the first things viewers will notice., "It took a heroic effort by Emerson professor Rae Shaw to create ‘Black Kung Fu Chick’," 21 Apr. 2021 A year after the shutdown, The Enquirer surveyed leaders of the region’s hospital systems and other experts on the six changes that consumers will notice in health care’s post-pandemic landscape. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "Hospitals post-pandemic: Six changes you’ll see in Cincinnati health care as crisis ebbs," 15 Apr. 2021 Payne recalls how Philip’s laughable gaffes were known to raise eyebrows, but that the prince had a caring side and would notice things the queen didn’t, such as a child who wanted to give her a flower. Patrick Connolly,, "Prince Philip’s death: Central Florida Brits react to Duke of Edinburgh’s passing," 9 Apr. 2021 But for now, county officials are urging those within the flood zone if the containment wall collapses to take the evacuation notice seriously. Zac Anderson, USA TODAY, "Drone ID's possible second breach at Florida wastewater site as crews race to pump out water," 6 Apr. 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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5 May 2021

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“Notice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 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
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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