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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Synonyms for notification


ad, advert [chiefly British], advertisement, announcement, bulletin, communiqué, notice, posting, release

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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.

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Anyone with the Pawscout app on their phone who passes within 300 feet of a lost pet will get a notification with instructions on contacting the pet's owner. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Smart Pet Tags Will Alert You When Your Dog Has Gotten Out of the House—And They’re Under $14," 8 Feb. 2019 The New York Times’ podcast The Daily used this feature to send a notification to its most dedicated listeners, Shapiro says, asking them to sign up for a morning newsletter. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "NPR wants to know what podcast ads you skip," 27 Dec. 2018 Chantal had sent a meeting invite that popped up as a notification for my Google Calendar. Liz Presson, Marie Claire, "I Met My BFF on Bumble," 7 Aug. 2018 When springtime came around and application letters starting popping up in mailboxes and email notifications, I was accepted into 16 universities and waitlisted at 2. Fresh U, Teen Vogue, "I Applied to 25 Colleges — Here's What I Learned," 25 Sep. 2018 According to an emergency notification from the U.S. State Department on Sunday, flights in the country have been canceled. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Members of Troy church stranded as protests break out in Haiti," 9 July 2018 Tap on any app to access the same permissions as before, plus some extra ones—like access to notifications and permission to use cellular data as well as Wi-Fi. David Nield, WIRED, "How to See Everything Your Apps Are Allowed to Do," 5 July 2018 Credit card holders can also use Brex’s built-in expense management software, which can analyze spending by vendor and allows users to text images of their receipts in reply to expense notifications to link them. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "Y Combinator's Favorite Credit Card Just Raised $50 Million from PayPal Founders," 19 June 2018 Her identification was being withheld pending family notification. CBS News, "Police: Woman fatally stabbed by ex-boyfriend at Belmont racetrack," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of notification

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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