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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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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Still, three days after receiving notification of the hack, Angelini finally confirmed the breach and took down the sites on early Saturday morning. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Hack on 8 adult websites exposes oodles of intimate user data," 20 Oct. 2018 No more getting tempted by texts after bedtime or awoken by update notifications. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How 17 Stressed-Out Millennials Make Home a Peaceful Place to Escape When the News Is Just Too Much," 19 Nov. 2018 The Verge has confirmed the notification firsthand, after Droid Life and SamMobile reported on it. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung will only allow free themes to be used for 14 days starting with Android 9 Pie update," 15 Nov. 2018 Here are a few tips that have helped me and my patients stay sane: Turn off notifications and digital alerts from news sources on all your devices. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Help! The News Is Making Me Feel Depressed," 9 Oct. 2018 Background: Man found shot in Shawnee on Tuesday afternoon has died at the hospital Police responded to a ShotSpotter notification to the 100 block of Boston Court, police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said in an email. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "The coroner's office has identified the man who was found shot in Shawnee on Tuesday," 4 Apr. 2018 An unexcused absence, in this case, will result in a phone call notification of the absence to the parent/guardian. Benjy Egel, Diana Lambert, Ryan Lillis, Anita Chabria And Billy Kobin, sacbee, "Live updates: Students in Sacramento area join national walkout against gun violence," 14 Mar. 2018 While the hospital posted a notification about the incident on its website in January, families in the area still were getting notices last week that their information may have been compromised. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Children’s Mercy faces class action lawsuit over data breach affecting thousands," 10 July 2018 If a sensor detects motion, the Internet hub will send a push notification through the app. Necee Regis,, "A new Nantucket hotel, Cayman Islands refunds, and other tidbits," 26 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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