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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Cousy, who received the official letter notifying him this past Wednesday, does not know any details about when he will be honored. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Celtics legend Bob Cousy to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom," 1 July 2019 The additions will also require the Department of Health and Human Services to notify Congress which requirements are being waived because of an influx of migrants. NBC News, "House Democrats try to rally progressive support for emergency border bill," 25 June 2019 Haddam First Selectwoman Lizz Milardo got a call from state police late Saturday night notifying her of the accident. Peter Marteka,, "Haddam community mourns 18-year-old killed in Hammonasset State Park crash," 25 June 2019 The agreement would require district officials to notify employees if somebody requests a record about them., "Portland school board to vote Tuesday on whether to allow teachers to delay release of public records," 22 June 2019 The bill would also require state elections officials to notify every voter registered with a party whose name must be changed. John Myers,, "California political parties couldn’t use ‘independent’ in their names under proposal," 21 June 2019 The dramatic ordeal first began on May 13 when Brooks received a call from a hospital staff member notifying her that her brother, Alfonso Bennett, was in the intensive care unit at the hospital. Joelle Goldstein,, "Family Thought They Took Brother Off Life Support — Only to See Him Walk Through the Door," 15 June 2019 Loser: Foreign seafood Restaurants that serve crawfish and shrimp are going to face tighter restrictions under a new law that requires them to notify customers if their seafood is from outside the country. Julia O'donoghue,, "2019 Louisiana Legislature: Winners and losers," 10 June 2019 Communities are required to notify the Alaska Police Standards Council within 30 days hiring such an officer. Alex Mierjeski, ProPublica, "How We Tallied Alaska Villages Without Local Law Enforcement," 16 May 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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