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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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 The staff was apparently notified in January and some of them may be offered other roles within the royal family. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Made a Surprise Trip to Stanford University," 14 Feb. 2020 Authorities were notified of the weapon, and the school was locked down. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Berea-Midpark High School locked down after ‘gun’ seen in pupil’s car," 13 Feb. 2020 The Shorewood Police Department was notified at 3:46 p.m. The police investigation determined the threat was an isolated incident that posed low risk. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Shorewood student has been arrested for making a threat on a school-issued computer," 12 Feb. 2020 Sherifff’s deputies were notified Monday morning of a break-in at the school and determined at least one suspect opened gates to coops that housed chickens and rabbits, said Detective Rosemerry Blankswade, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office. Alejandro Serrano,, "Sheriff investigates suspicious chicken deaths at Millbrae Nursery School," 6 Feb. 2020 More than a week later, Courtney Peppers, director of the summer program, casually mentioned the incident to a JSU police officer, the first time police were notified of the alleged attack, according to the complaint. al, "Jacksonville State University repeatedly covered up sex crimes by student athletes, staffers, amended lawsuit alleges," 5 Feb. 2020 After all officers along the route were notified of the incident, Clay County (Missouri) Sherriff’s deputies – who were on hand to assist the KCPD for the parade – used stop sticks, which the car struck, according to the release. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Police chase ends in crash along parade route to celebrate Chiefs' Super Bowl LIV win," 5 Feb. 2020 Grubhub executives said few restaurants have expressed frustration in being added to its platforms, and any errors were fixed once notified. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Grubhub Spends to Draw In More Diners," 5 Feb. 2020 Ticketmaster officials told Billboard that resale websites and broker communities were notified well in advance that only Safetix mobile tickets would be valid forms of entry for the Gigaton tour dates. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Buyer Beware: What Resellers Aren't Telling Fans About Pearl Jam Tickets," 31 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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18 Feb 2020

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“Notify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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