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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Firefighters were notified of the blaze in the 1200 block of Concord Drive about 5 a.m. by a motorist who observed it from Route 20, a fire department news release said. Staff Report, Elgin Courier-News, "Fire damages home on Concord Drive in Elgin," 10 July 2018 First, parents, teachers or students tried to notify school officials of the problem at a school board meeting. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Education / Politics The pattern to Rahm's sexual predator, filthy schools, and special ed scandals," 8 June 2018 The law requires agents to get a judicial warrant before entering a workplace, fines employers who allow agents to enter without a warrant, and requires employers to notify their workers before immigration officers examine their records. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Trump administration sharpens legal arguments against California sanctuary laws," 7 June 2018 Not satisfied with alerting only Graham, Kemp Lewis proceeded to notify Governor O. Max Gardner and included clippings of Hughes’s poetry in his letter. Longreads, "Nell Battle Lewis, Storyteller for Jim Crow," 25 May 2018 The Lake County Sheriff’s Department’s high crimes unit was notified shortly before 12:30 p.m. of multiple gunshots in the area of West 13th Avenue and Broadway in Gary, Emiliano Perez, department spokesman, said in a release. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Man arrested after Gary shooting wounds 2," 23 May 2018 Prior to Instagram making the change, users of the platform were notified each time someone took a screenshot of their story. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Will No Longer Alert Users About Screenshots," 16 June 2018 Employees at the store were notified of the closure April 12 and the liquidation sale began April 27, the spokesperson said. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "Sears to close San Antonio store near North Star Mall," 31 May 2018 Firefighters blocked the area for safety and notified FPL, according to the city. Juan Ortega,, "FPL restores power to downtown Hollywood after damaged pole caused outage," 14 July 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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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 \
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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