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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Valerie Thomas, an Atlanta educator, was on heightened alert after receiving notification that she might be purged from Georgia’s voter rolls. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019 However, the sheriff said the woman’s identity can’t be released until his office gets more notification from the Elizabethtown, Ky., Police Department. Steve Burns, ajc, "Officials ID woman allegedly killed by man she met at Rainbow Gathering," 8 July 2018 Starting today, riders will get a push notification alerting them when they’re matched with an EV driver. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The ride-hailing giant will work with seven cities to increase EV adoption and add more charging stations," 19 June 2018 Google has come under pressure for incorporating Waze's notifications of DWI traps into Google Maps, noticeably by the NYPD. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Elizabeth Warren Calls to Break Up Amazon, Facebook, and Google," 8 Mar. 2019 The Capital Gazette later reported that press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders called Buckley on Monday evening to confirm the request, then followed up with a notification of approval on Tuesday morning. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Trump Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of Capital Gazette Shooting," 3 July 2018 Facebook could also begin charging brands to maintain a presence on the messaging app or to send notifications to customers who have chatted with them. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Facebook’s Pivot to Messaging Puts Advertisers In a Tight Spot," 8 Mar. 2019 The app would send push notifications to relay flight information and when the suitcase arrived on the luggage carousel. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "When the “best” busts: the spectacular rise and fall of smart luggage startup Raden," 12 Dec. 2018 Part of the reason for the unhappy surprises may be that users haven’t properly configured their Active Hours or told Windows how to send them notifications when an update is pending. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "One of the best features of Microsoft's October update to Windows could be in doubt," 19 Sep. 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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using a distributed computer network

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