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

Other Words from notify

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

Choose the Right Synonym for notify

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 Several people called authorities after he was spotted in the East Village — around the time James called police himself to notify them of his whereabouts, officials have said. Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Before any shutoffs, a utility is typically going to notify you several times via mail or phone about non-payment issues. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 5 May 2022 The truck driver eventually got the truck to stop about a quarter of a mile down the road and called his employer to notify them of what happened, Neil said. Caroll Alvarado, CNN, 23 Apr. 2022 In a brief order after Monday’s filing, Matthews asked the board to notify him immediately if any further challenges are filed. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2022 Each one comes with its own way to notify you about things. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 17 Apr. 2022 Dorchester apartment on Sunday about 2:30 p.m. to notify them of what happened. Nick Stoico,, 12 Apr. 2022 The most successful companies show users their historical trends, prescribe specific activities and exercises based on their goals, and notify them of their progress (and what to do as a result). Scott Castle, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Fulgent Genetics, which analyzes the samples, will send you an email to notify you when the results are ready. Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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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.


transitive verb
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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