notice

noun
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 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.

notice

verb
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

Verb

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

The kid from the city park courts became a 6-foot-4 superstar at Westminster, and the rest of the region took notice. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Basketball: Westminster star Herman Costley ‘was always the best player’," 13 July 2019 Make no mistake, the mainstream media have taken notice — and sided decisively with the North. David French, National Review, "The South Is a Pro-Life Stronghold," 11 July 2019 Local residents who heard about the concerts weren't the only ones taking notice. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An Oconomowoc mansion has become a popular concert venue for musicians, even an 'American Idol'," 10 July 2019 People took notice of the scene and quickly walked past. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: For solitary older adults, it takes a village," 10 July 2019 The potential has even led one of the world’s largest beverage companies to sit up and take notice. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Indonesia’s Wake Cup Coffee is the latest entrant in India’s fast-growing cafe market," 9 July 2019 Ashe said the hope is that others engaging in wrongful practices will take notice of the action against Grand Teton Professionals. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Consumers lose thousands to fake credit repair scheme," 5 July 2019 After a few years of wrestling, international journalists began to take notice. Nell Haynes, The Conversation, "How indigenous women revolutionized Bolivian wrestling," 5 July 2019 The state is taking notice: The Alaska Travel Industry Association recently signed a deal to market the state as a destination on popular Chinese social media sites like WeChat and Weibo. Anchorage Daily News, "“Beautiful impression”: Chinese tourism to Alaska is growing fast," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Refinery29 reports that Twitter was all abuzz during yesterday's match when viewers noticed Morgan's manicure: a royal blue nail polish that perfectly matched the team's knee-high socks. Marci Robin, Allure, "Alex Morgan Wore Bright Blue Nail Polish at the World Cup, and Soccer Fans Are Here for It," 3 July 2019 As Lyft wrangles in court with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, cyclists and commuters have noticed an unusual change in the city landscape: a bike rental drought. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Where are the bikes? As Lyft and SF spar in court, new fleet sits in warehouse," 29 June 2019 One thing Dr Falótico and Dr Proffitt have noticed is that some of the sharp flakes that fly off when hammer meets anvil look identical to Stone Age blades made by human beings. The Economist, "Capuchin monkeys have been using stone tools for around 3,000 years," 27 June 2019 In the past few years, the Utah DABC has noticed certain products, particularly releases of rare bourbons and other whiskeys, being highly sought after by our customers. Fox News, "Utah to hold drawing for chance to purchase rare bourbon," 26 June 2019 Even the players who haven’t been with Orlando City that long are noticing. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Young Orlando City star Chris Mueller hungry to get better every day, help Lions win," 25 June 2019 Regular Blue Star visitors may notice something very different about the doorway leading into the gallery. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Blue Star Contemporary exhibit ‘Fünf’ spotlights Berlin residency," 21 June 2019 In addition to these new elements, another thing longtime Yakuza players will notice is a change in tone. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "How the creators of Yakuza turned hard-boiled detective drama into a game," 20 June 2019 While at college, Jeanette noticed Doug Sadler, Sr. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/16," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of notice

Noun

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

Verb

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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notice

noun

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

notice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of notice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become aware of (something or someone) by seeing, hearing, etc.

notice

noun
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.

notice

verb
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

notice

noun
no·​tice

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

notice

adjective

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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