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 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 Fraud: Riverside Drive Someone tried to use a man’s credit card information to purchase a laptop computer from Amazon sometime before Jan. 11, when the man was notified by Amazon. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Both voyeur, spied-upon man arrested after scuffle: Bainbridge Township Police Blotter," 18 Jan. 2020 Police in the northeastern Utah city of Vernal said Gregory Kehl, 64, was arrested after the Greyhound driver pulled into a KFC and notified the manager of the alleged assault, KUTV reported Thursday. Fox News, "Recently released convicted sex offender nabbed for exposing himself, assaulting woman on Greyhound bus," 17 Jan. 2020 Enforcement is typically handled by the agency in a progressive way, Kecskemeti said, usually starting with simply notifying a business of an environmental issue and asking it to fix it. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "I-696 green ooze site cleanup to cost 'millions' — and taxpayers will likely foot the bill," 16 Jan. 2020 Democrats have criticized the administration for not notifying congressional leaders about Friday's airstrike in advance and for failing to brief lawmakers sooner. CBS News, "Iran says U.S. bears blame for Iranian forces shooting down plane," 15 Jan. 2020 The report comes from two state officials who were notified about the plans, according to the Associated Press. John Gage, Washington Examiner, "Northam to ban guns from grounds of Virginia State Capitol," 14 Jan. 2020 The security guard called the sheriff’s office and also notified a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer who happened to be in the store at the time. Washington Post, "Police: Woman tried to light explosive device in Walmart," 14 Jan. 2020 White House Black Market notified customers via email over the weekend. John Steppe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women's retailers Chico's, White House Black Market to close stores at Bayshore," 13 Jan. 2020 Cincinnati Police are investigating the incident and have notified the Building Department to inspect the structure. Segann March,, "Car crashes into former Macy's building Downtown," 11 Jan. 2020

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Notify.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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How to pronounce notify (audio)

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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to assert without proof or before proving

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