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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Visitors are then redirected to multiple URLs that push unwanted popup ads, fake error messages, and requests to let certain sites send browser notifications. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Hackers actively exploit WordPress plugin flaw to send visitors to bad sites," 29 May 2019 Furbo has an alert that will detect barking and send a push notification to your smartphone. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "The Furbo Dog Camera Is on Sale for $50 Off Right Now," 8 May 2019 Drew Angerer/Getty Images For a lot of people, the major news stories in 2018 — from the midterm elections to the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation battle — just went by in an endless scroll of push notifications. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 The statute provides for various options, but the method of notification is to be conspicuous to ensure the message is read. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "CenturyLink blocked its customers’ Internet access in order to show an ad," 17 Dec. 2018 Next of kin notification was conducted by @OCSOALERTS approx. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Small plane crashes at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base; 4 killed," 30 Aug. 2018 Neither victim had been identified, pending next of kin notification. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Police seek suspect in fatal Glendale shooting," 9 July 2018 Such potential winner must respond to the Sponsor as instructed within 48 hours of first notification. CNN, "OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS," 12 June 2018 The names of the victims are being withheld pending next of kin notification. CBS News, "U.S. soldier killed in attack by al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia," 8 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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