no·​ti·​fy | \ ˈnō-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce notify (audio) \
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 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.

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After spotting the vehicle, police were notified of its whereabouts, the post said. Kathleen Joyce, Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Authorities find stolen van carrying more than a dozen show dogs," 2 Oct. 2018 The California Highway Patrol was notified by a passer-by and responded at approximately 5:30 a.m. Friday, said Placer County CHP Officer David Martinez. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Motorcyclist found dead after overnight crash on Highway 65 offramp," 13 July 2018 Vince Basara, a spokesman for the city, said the city was notified two weeks ago that New Visions was shutting down., "After 23 years, grim finances shutter doors of New Visions day shelter in Camden," 22 June 2018 The city has notified all residents of the project through phone calls, emails and text messages as well as on its municipal television channel, Newpher said. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Blackhawk rebuilding project to start in Friendswood," 21 June 2018 Although this latest finding involves a free-ranging deer, deer farms in the area will be notified as well, the agency said. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "'Zombie deer' found in Michigan's Jackson County," 21 June 2018 Parents have been notified through social media including Twitter, Facebook, PTA email and Remind, Wartman said. Melissa Reinert,, "Full-day kindergarten to start in Kenton next school year," 4 June 2018 When law enforcement notified the French company, which isn’t named in the indictment, another Chinese national working there deleted a domain name linked to the MSS group to minimize the agents’ exposure, prosecutors said. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "U.S. Charges Chinese Agents in Hacking Scheme, More Cases Expected," 31 Oct. 2018 Set a fare alert so you are notified when prices drop. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Optimize Your Holiday Travel Planning This Year (Step 1: Start Now!)," 29 Aug. 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 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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