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 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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Some of these students applied to schools under an early action program, which allows applicants to be notified of their acceptance in December without making a commitment to attend. James Wellemeyer, Teen Vogue, "Applying to College Early Is a Privilege Not Every Student Can Afford," 20 Mar. 2019 To be notified when the application is available, submit your name and email address here. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "You're Likely Going to Need an ETIAS to Visit Europe," 15 Mar. 2019 Both airlines failed to notify passengers that their aircraft entertainment systems were equipped with such devices, but the carriers insist the cameras were never activated, BuzzFeed News reports. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Two Major Airlines Admit to Undisclosed Cameras in Aircraft Entertainment Systems," 22 Feb. 2019 The other company notified by the FBI, Carlson Testing of Tigard, Ore., has done work for utilities including Portland General Electric, PacifiCorp, Northwest Natural Gas and the Bonneville Power Administration. Rebecca Smith And Rob Barry, WSJ, "America’s Electric Grid Has a Vulnerable Back Door—and Russia Walked Through It," 10 Jan. 2019 Winners will be drawn at random and notified by email Monday, July 9. SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 38," 21 June 2018 Winners will be drawn at random and notified by email Monday, June 25. San Francisco Chronicle, "Cal Shakes season package," 11 June 2018 Watkins, who graduated from Temple’s journalism program in 2014 and interned at the Daily News in the spring of 2013, was notified by a prosecutor in February that the Justice Department had seized years of her records, the Times reported. Staff Reports, Philly.com, "Justice Department seized phone, email records of New York Times reporter Ali Watkins, a Temple grad," 7 June 2018 The pilot program won't begin in June, Rivera said, but companies could be notified by in the next couple weeks with more information. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "E-scooters likely coming to Portland this summer, with no guarantee of future," 1 June 2018

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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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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.
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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