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 notify (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 And Philadelphia is currently embroiled in a lawsuit over its enforcement of a local requirement that gun owners notify authorities when their weapons are lost or stolen. USA TODAY, "Gun groups' success blocking local firearm controls leaves towns desperate to stop massacres," 23 Mar. 2021 The Boulder Police Department is working to identify the other nine victims of the shooting and notify next of kin, officials said. Gabrielle Chung,, "10 People Including Police Officer Killed After Shooting at Boulder Supermarket King Soopers," 22 Mar. 2021 When tracking a child’s health, experts say it’s important that parents are honest and notify school officials or a health care provider if a child starts to feel sick. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to prepare kids to return to school in the Bay Area after a year out of classrooms," 18 Mar. 2021 After petition signatures are submitted, county officials have until April 29 to validate the signatures and notify the secretary of state. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Newsom recall effort hits deadline as activists say they have enough signatures to trigger election," 17 Mar. 2021 The state’s health laboratories are providing the tests and results will be posted two to three days after the test is conducted on, but will not notify participants of their results. Globe Staff,, "CVS to offer COVID-19 antibody testing in all Mass. MinuteClinic locations," 16 Mar. 2021 Officials were working to determine the nationalities of the immigrants and notify next of kin. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Vehicle that fled police crashes, killing 8 immigrants, driver is charged," 16 Mar. 2021 Wednesday marks the cutoff for organizers to submit signatures to county election officials, who have until April 29 to verify the authenticity and notify the secretary of state with the results. Michael R. Blood And Kathleen Ronayne, Star Tribune, "As signature collection ends, California heads toward recall," 15 Mar. 2021 Despite having a patch available on Dec. 20, Accellion did not notify the bank in time to prevent its appliance from being breached five days later, the bank said. Frank Bajak, The Christian Science Monitor, "Another hacking incident highlights growing cybersecurity threat," 8 Mar. 2021

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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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5 Apr 2021

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“Notify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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