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 notifier (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.

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Kemp asked Hermus to notify her if the police inquiry leads anywhere. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "Fired Dallas officer Amber Guyger appears in court for murder case in fatal shooting of Botham Jean," 6 June 2019 Without notifying residents, Coconut Creek officials quietly hired a trapper to remove the creatures of flight, whose numbers are approaching 100. Susannah Bryan,, "City wants geese gone for simple crime: Pooping in the park," 5 June 2019 Police said Hafeman does not have a history of leaving without notifying someone first. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "MCSO: 97-year-old Sun Lakes man missing since Sunday," 4 June 2019 Chris Schaepe, who has invested for Lightspeed in dozens of software companies, hasn’t been charged, but he was dismissed from the firm after notifying Lightspeed of his connection to a central figure in the case, the firm said. Tomio Geron, WSJ, "Lightspeed Co-Founder Out After Being Linked to College Admissions Scandal," 27 Mar. 2019 Employees at those locations were notified that the stores will be completely closed by November. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Here Is a List of the Latest Sears and Kmart Store Closings," 23 Aug. 2018 Just use Wi-Fi and download its app to your phone; you're notified if the baby stirs. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 Chase is in the process of notifying its customers, including those who have its highly-rated and popular Chase Sapphire Reserve card, about the changes that will take place on Aug. 26. NBC News, "Major credit card companies are cutting their perks. Here's what you need to know.," 18 June 2018 Some of these students applied to schools under an early action program, which allows applicants to be notified of their acceptance in December without making a commitment to attend. James Wellemeyer, Teen Vogue, "Applying to College Early Is a Privilege Not Every Student Can Afford," 20 Mar. 2019

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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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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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