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.

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The name of the woman who died in the crash will be released once next of kin have been notified, according to police. Anchorage Daily News, "Woman dies in car crash near Anchorage international airport, police say," 16 Aug. 2019 The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office was notified and came to the scene. Carol Robinson |, al, "Remains found in shallow grave identified as 49-year-old missing Georgia man," 16 Aug. 2019 Police were notified about the social media threat late Tuesday night and learned the teenager had been expelled from McArthur High School last year after bringing ammunition into the school. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Ex-student, 16, accused of threatening high school," 15 Aug. 2019 In the October 2018 incident, the liquor board was notified of a fight about to happen at the bar between a man and woman. Erika Butler,, "Coakley’s in Havre de Grace fined $1,000 for serving intoxicated customers, disturbing the peace," 15 Aug. 2019 Authorities were initially notified of the struggling person about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday., "Authorities continue search for person seen struggling in Columbia River," 14 Aug. 2019 Detectives were notified and are working with USPS officials to obtain video surveillance of the suspect. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 12 Aug. 2019 The officers have been notified of the city’s intent to terminate but currently remain employed and on administrative leave, according to Oakland Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson. Megan Cassidy,, "Oakland police officers who face termination over fatal 2018 shooting file suit against city," 12 Aug. 2019 Deputies were notified at about 11:25 a.m. Monday of two men seen by a Union Pacific Railroad employee walking east along tracks in the area of Carslile and Hobson roads in western Pueblo County, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Two federal prison escapees captured along railroad tracks in Pueblo County, sheriff says," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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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 move or obtain by small maneuvers

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