no·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌnō-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce notification (audio) \

Definition of notification

1 : the act or an instance of notifying
2 : a written or printed matter that gives notice

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Examples of notification in a Sentence

I was given no notification that you received my payment. You will be sent a written notification.
Recent Examples on the Web Watchstanders received an emergency notification from a device inside a 100-foot trawler Nobska around 5 p.m. ET Friday. NBC News, "Coast Guard rescues five fishermen from burning boat near Cape Cod," 1 May 2021 Not everyone in the newly eligible group received the notification on Sunday., "All Mass. residents 16 and older are now able to book a vaccine appointment," 19 Apr. 2021 Coast Guard watchstanders received an emergency position beacon notification at 4:30 p.m. of a boat in distress. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Six rescued after ship capsizes off Louisiana coast, search for others ongoing," 14 Apr. 2021 According to police spokesman John Elder, police got a ShotSpotter notification about 5:45 p.m. and went to the barricades at the scene to await arrival of a victim. Erica Pearson, Star Tribune, "Man fatally shot near George Floyd Square in Minneapolis," 6 Mar. 2021 In the end, D.C. police received one notification about the truck, a department spokeswoman said. Washington Post, "D.C.’s 911 center saw a spike in suspicious-activity calls after Capitol riot," 19 Feb. 2021 Blake had just received the online notification that she was accepted to Spelman College, an all-women’s Black college in Atlanta. John-john Williams Iv,, "A product of Jim Crow, Maryland’s historically Black colleges beckon to students of color today as a ‘safe space’ in a racially tense nation," 26 Apr. 2021 Upon receiving, the notification will pop up normally except that the screen will not entirely light up. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Apple’s leaked iPhone 13 design looks incredible in this new video," 23 Apr. 2021 At one point, when officers went back to ask Lattimore about the notification, the officers learned his name and immediately recognized him as the former Glenville High School and Ohio State star and three-time NFL Pro-Bowl selection. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Body camera video released from arrest of New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore in Cleveland," 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of notification

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2021

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“Notification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of notification

: something that gives official information to someone : the act of notifying someone


no·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌnō-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce notification (audio) \

Kids Definition of notification

1 : the act or an instance of giving notice or information Notification of all winners will occur tomorrow.
2 : something written or printed that gives notice I received notification of my acceptance.


no·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌnōt-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce notification (audio) \

Medical Definition of notification

: the act or an instance of notifying especially : the act of reporting the occurrence of a communicable disease or of an individual affected with such a disease

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