no·​ti·​fy | \ ˈnō-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce notify (audio) \
notified; notifying

Definition of notify

transitive verb

1 : to give formal notice to notify a family of the death of a relation She notified the police about the accident.
2 : to give notice of or report the occurrence of He notified his intention to sue. She notified my arrival to the governor.
3 obsolete : to point out

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Other Words from notify

notifier \ ˈnō-​tə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce notify (audio) \ noun

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inform, acquaint, apprise, notify mean to make one aware of something. inform implies the imparting of knowledge especially of facts or occurrences. informed us of the crisis acquaint lays stress on introducing to or familiarizing with. acquaint yourself with the keyboard apprise implies communicating something of special interest or importance. keep us apprised of the situation notify implies sending notice of something requiring attention or demanding action. notified the witness when to appear

Examples of notify in a Sentence

Customers were notified of the changes in the company. I was notified that I did not get the job.
Recent Examples on the Web There were 56 equipment failures — including the 25 incidents that led to worker exposures — where the chemical releases were significant enough for Rubicon to notify the DEQ, according to a review of records by The Times-Picayune and The Advocate. Mark Schleifstein,, "Worker exposure to dangerous chemicals at Rubicon plant in Geismar linked to poor maintenance record," 3 Jan. 2021 Facilities that need to begin to ration critical care resources must notify local and state public health departments immediately. Los Angeles Times, "California hits new 1-day COVID-19 death record as hospitals plan for potential rationing," 30 Dec. 2020 If radiation levels suggest nuclear explosions in, say, three American cities simultaneously, the sensors notify the Doomsday Machine, which is programmed to detonate several nuclear warheads in response. Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic, "Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine," 15 Dec. 2020 Employers must also notify New Haven if an employee tests positive, even if that worker lives outside of the city. Rebecca Lurye,, "New Haven requiring retail employers to report positive COVID-19 cases among employees in latest effort to ratchet up coronavirus response," 4 Dec. 2020 That would mean users could opt in to accept or reject all cookies, eliminating the need for individual websites to notify visitors. Todd Mckinnon, Fortune, "Those ‘accept cookies’ banners on websites undermine your privacy—but they can be fixed," 27 Oct. 2020 Among other changes, the new rules include new minimum ventilation requirements, more stringent masking and distancing rules and a new requirement that employers to notify their workers of coronavirus exposure within 48 hours. oregonlive, "Working in a pandemic: New meaning to “dead-end job”," 8 Oct. 2020 There is no formal process for a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to notify others in the military—or the public—about a major medical procedure, but officers are generally expected to let their chain of command know beforehand. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Navy Chief Fell Ill, Underwent Heart Surgery, Officials Say," 29 Sep. 2020 Pippins-Poole said there is no way for her office to notify voters of the issue. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Some Dallas County mail ballots went uncounted in July runoffs after being sent back to voters," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of notify

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for notify

Middle English notifien, from Anglo-French notifier to make known, from Late Latin notificare, from Latin notus known

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The first known use of notify was in the 14th century

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23 Jan 2021

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“Notify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce notify (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of notify

: to tell (someone) officially about something


no·​ti·​fy | \ ˈnō-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce notify (audio) \
notified; notifying

Kids Definition of notify

: to give notice to : inform Please notify the school of your new address.
no·​ti·​fy | \ ˈnōt-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce notify (audio) \
notified; notifying

Medical Definition of notify

1 British : to report the occurrence of (a case of communicable disease) or the occurrence of communicable disease in (an individual) all cases of disease should be notified by the treating consultantPractitioner
2 : to give formal notice to the Broward County Public Health Unit…was notified of three children…hospitalized with encephalitis attributed to cat scratch diseaseJournal of the American Medical Association

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