Definition of notify
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.
notifierplay \ˈnō-tə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun
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 of notify from the Web
The families of both Basham and Gray have been notified, Edelen said.
Mitchell said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has been notified and is monitoring the monkeys.
While Tillman was in prison in November 1988, the SSA notified her of an overpayment of benefits.
Hojnacki first notified the school's five teachers before crafting a letter to the 50 families of the 60 students who were signed up for classes in the fall.
Unfortunately, Meeks is also married and raising children with a woman named Melissa, who was notified of the photos — how else — by a stranger via Instagram DM.
Detectives notified the woman's grandmother of her death, and learned that the grandmother's gun was missing.
After the first positive case was confirmed, the government immediately notified the WHO, which activated their emergency protocols.
The Pentagon did not notify any of the island's claimants before that operation.
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Origin and Etymology of notify
Middle English notifien, from Anglo-French notifier to make known, from Late Latin notificare, from Latin notus known
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of notify
NOTIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of notify for English Language Learners
: to tell (someone) officially about something
NOTIFY Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of notify
1British : 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 consultant—Practitioner
2: to give formal notice to the Broward County Public Health Unit…was notified of three children…hospitalized with encephalitis attributed to cat scratch disease—Journal of the American Medical Association
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