verb no·ti·fy \ ˈnō-tə-ˌfī \
|Updated on: 19 Aug 2018

Definition of notify

notified; notifying
1 obsolete : to point out
2 : to give notice of or report the occurrence of
  • He notified his intention to sue.
  • She notified my arrival to the governor.
3 : to give formal notice to
  • notify a family of the death of a relation
  • She notified the police about the accident.


play \ˈnō-tə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of notify in a Sentence

  1. Customers were notified of the changes in the company.

  2. I was notified that I did not get the job.

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Origin and Etymology of notify

Middle English notifien, from Anglo-French notifier to make known, from Late Latin notificare, from Latin notus known

Synonym Discussion of notify

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

NOTIFY Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of notify for English Language Learners

  • : to tell (someone) officially about something

NOTIFY Defined for Kids


verb no·ti·fy \ ˈnō-tə-ˌfī \

Definition of notify for Students

notified; notifying
: to give notice to : inform
  • Please notify the school of your new address.

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb no·ti·fy \ ˈnōt-ə-ˌfī \

medical Definition of notify

notified; notifying
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 consultant
  • Practitioner
2 : to give formal notice to
  • the Broward County Public Health Unit…was notified of three children…hospitalized with encephalitis attributed to cat scratch disease
  • Journal of the American Medical Association

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