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.
Recent Examples on the Web Child protective services were notified and took custody of the child. Ria Manglapus And Lisa M. Bolton, Washington Post, "Prince William crime report," 6 Nov. 2019 Under House rules, Trahan would have been notified of the ongoing investigation., "Congressional committee confirms investigation of Trahan’s campaign spending - The Boston Globe," 5 Nov. 2019 Detectives were notified and are conducting a follow up investigation. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 4 Nov. 2019 In addition, according to Article 10, typically, the receiving country should be notified of any decision to leave, which neither Sacoolas nor embassy officials did. David Banks, The Conversation, "Why doesn’t the US just send Anne Sacoolas back to the UK? Here’s what’s at stake in this dispute over diplomatic immunity," 1 Nov. 2019 Davitt was notified that his allegations were deemed unsubstantiated on April 18, 2019. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Records: Inmate filed sexual misconduct complaint against officer before fatal attack," 1 Nov. 2019 Staff, parents and students were notified about the threat Thursday morning. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Social media threat prompts Nathan Hale High School to increase its police presence," 31 Oct. 2019 North Dakota regulators were notified late Tuesday night of the leak. James Macpherson, The Denver Post, "Keystone oil pipeline leaks 383,000 gallons in North Dakota," 31 Oct. 2019 Hundreds were never notified that their cases were built on faulty tests. Stacy Cowley, New York Times, "These Machines Can Put You in Jail. Don’t Trust Them.," 30 Oct. 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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11 Nov 2019

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“Notify.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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