no·​ti·​fy | \ˈnō-tə-ˌfī \
notified; notifying

Definition of notify 

transitive verb

1 obsolete : to point out

2 : to give notice of or report the occurrence of He notified his intention to sue. She notified my arrival to the governor.

3 : to give formal notice to notify a family of the death of a relation She notified the police about the accident.

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Other Words from notify

notifier \ ˈnō-​tə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r \ 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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At first, school officials notified the Harts about the incidents. Joe Heim And Julie Tate,, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 If a match is detected, YouTube will notify the user who can decide whether to take action or not. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "YouTube Creators Have a New Tool to Battle Re-Uploads of Their Content," 12 July 2018 At first, school officials notified the Harts about the incidents. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 Deputies who witnessed the incident notified their superiors, WGN-TV reported. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Illinois judge charged after allegedly dropping gun in courthouse," 11 July 2018 Shocked by their discovery, the boys’ families quickly notified authorities. Indianapolis Star, "Alligator made home in Indiana pond," 11 July 2018 Trump notified Justice Kennedy about the selection Monday morning even as many White House officials remained in the dark. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "How a behind-the-scenes battle of Trump advisers ended with Kavanaugh as Supreme Court pick," 10 July 2018 However, the Health Department did not notify the Housing Authority for most of these cases, meaning that the city did not do inspections on the children’s homes for the presence of lead paint. Anne Branigin, The Root, "New York City Finally Admits that More than 800 Kids Living in Public Housing Tested High for Lead," 2 July 2018 If there are changes in location, officers must notify dispatch. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Windsor Police: Officers Falsified Records," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of notify

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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 \
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 \
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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