no·ti·fi·ca·tion | \ˌnō-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

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.

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The news spread like wildfire in the pavilion, as the hundreds of fans milling about the exhibits pulled out their phones to read the push notification. The Heat Index, azcentral, "NBA Summer League: Jerry West, Steve Ballmer, and Mark Cuban walk into an arena...," 6 July 2018 Since Joleen lives in Brookfield, the State Patrol contacted Brookfield police to make the notification after arranging for a chaplain. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nightmare #1: Husband's death by flying debris on I-94. Nightmare #2: The investigation," 29 June 2018 The cancellation notification didn't go out until 8:45 a.m. © 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. CBS News, "Workers of Hawaii agency that sent false missile alert allegedly slept on duty," 28 June 2018 The mere fact of seeing all the dead bodies, going to autopsies and doing the death notifications during the wee hours of the morning. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Murder of 'Killing Fields' star Haing Ngor still haunts detective: 'I didn’t have any answers'," 26 June 2018 People who like Android really like the notifications. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Recode Editor in Chief Dan Frommer answers Apple WWDC questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 25 June 2018 The plan was going great until her husband received the doorbell notification on his phone. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Adorable Amazon Deliveryman Helps Wife Hide Packages from Husband," 7 June 2018 At a certain point, Michael switched off his phone, because the notifications from prospective friends were overwhelming. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Tusks, Horns, and Claws: The Fight to Dismantle the Facebook Animal Parts Bazaar," 5 June 2018 Users can opt out of the notifications manually in a phone’s settings, according to Strong. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Some in Ellicott City say cellphone emergency flood alerts came too late," 4 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 \

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 \

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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