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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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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Jefferson County Coroner’s officials said their bodies were found at 3:50 p.m. Aug. 2 when East Precinct officers responded to the neighborhood after they were notified about a child wandering the street alone. Carol Robinson |, al, "Elderly man shot to death at front door of home in east Birmingham neighborhood," 30 Aug. 2019 Police said they were notified of the shooting around 8:40 p.m., after the man was taken to a hospital by a family member. Anchorage Daily News, "Woman shoots man during argument in West Anchorage, police say," 29 Aug. 2019 Further details were not available Wednesday, but Pinnello confirmed the case was closed without criminal charges and said St. Viator officials were notified at the time. Elyssa Cherney,, "A longtime St. Viator coach was escorted off campus in June. Now he is charged with disorderly conduct over alleged texts to students.," 28 Aug. 2019 Department spokesman German Vigil said inspectors were notified around 10:30 a.m. for potential structural issues on the bridge. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Baltimore’s Hanover Street bridge temporarily shut down for missing grates," 26 Aug. 2019 SkyWest Airlines said it was not notified in advance by the Isola family that Tayo has autism. NBC News, "Airline crew accused of refusing to accommodate traveler with autism to undergo 'additional training'," 23 Aug. 2019 The facility said it was first notified of the claims by news outlets and requests for comment from journalists and had yet to receive the lawsuit. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Tara Lipinski’s coach banned because of sex abuse lawsuit," 22 Aug. 2019 Ring says residents of a particular area are notified through the app when their local police enter into an agreement with the company., "Beaverton police partner with doorbell camera company, but crime-fighting effort draws privacy concerns," 22 Aug. 2019 Dispatchers were notified of a glass break alarm around 12:40 a.m. at LensCrafters on Rancho Carmel Drive, just east of Interstate 15, San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said. Pomerado News, "Carmel Mountain Ranch LensCrafters latest in string of optometry robberies," 20 Aug. 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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The first known use of notify was in the 14th century

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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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