notify

verb
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 notify (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 Police are still working to notify the officer’s family and positively identify the suspect. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 17 June 2021 The bill includes a provision, proposed by Democrats, that would require courts to notify an adult who has been found guilty of a felony of how the conviction will impact their right to vote in Texas. Daniel Dale, CNN, 2 June 2021 Jail policy requires staff to notify a supervisor before removing an inmate's clothing and give the person a smock. BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2021 The new law will require officials to notify next of kin if a cause of death is amended. Dallas News, 29 Apr. 2021 As possible solutions, Burt said, the government should end indefinite secrecy orders and should also be required to notify the target of the data demand once the secrecy order has expired. Eric Tucker And Matt O'brien, chicagotribune.com, 30 June 2021 The Canadian approach requires that developers notify users for all but the lowest-risk systems. Khari Johnson, Wired, 22 June 2021 The notice did not say when the boil order will be lifted, but said that test results can take 1-2 days — longer on weekends — and that the city will notify residents when the water is deemed safe. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 June 2021 Ballad said its financial counselors notify patients of financial-aid options, which are also posted on its website and on signs in its buildings. Melanie Evans, WSJ, 15 June 2021

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Notify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/notify. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for notify

notify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of notify

: to tell (someone) officially about something

notify

verb
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.

notify

transitive verb
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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