notify

verb
no·​ti·​fy | \ ˈnō-tə-ˌfī \
notified; notifying

Definition of notify

transitive verb

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.

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Other Words from notify

notifier \ ˈnō-​tə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Yesterday, editors were notified that Kim Jones’s second Paris runway collection for the maison would be shifting from its 5:00 p.m. Saturday time slot to Friday at 6:00 p.m. Representatives declined further comment. Amy Verner, Vogue, "First Dior Men, Now Thom Browne—The Gilets Jaunes Are Impacting the Fall ’19 Paris Men’s Shows," 9 Jan. 2019 This allows software to notify you when a device enters or leaves a certain area. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Milwaukee Adds Geofencing To Track Your Tools," 20 Dec. 2018 First, users will get a message in the app notifying them that the inauthentic activity has been removed. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Announces Steps Against Inauthentic Engagement on the App," 19 Nov. 2018 In March, as Miller’s time in prison was coming to a close, federal officials contacted Solebury Township police, notifying them of the investigation. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Ex-Bucks theater director accused of sending explicit prison emails to underage girl," 9 July 2018 Last week, a day after The Arizona Republic inquired about DCS' foster-licensing process, the agency notified Shimp she would be paid for 15½ months of care for two children, a sum that could amount to about $20,000. Arizona Republic, "The state took her foster license away. But the kids stayed with her. Why?," 19 June 2018 Dignity and Healthgrades have notified the affected patients, the companies said. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Data breach at Dignity Health affected 56,000 patients, is under investigation," 12 June 2018 The Los Angeles committee notified her that two men had tried to come to an event in Santa Monica in September and been turned away with refunded tickets. refinery29.com, ""Ladies Get Sued": How A Civil Rights Law Could End Women-Only Events," 25 May 2018 The e-commerce giant notified Barnett that iServe would be barred from selling PopSockets devices on Amazon, citing a new policy. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "An Amazon revolt could be brewing as the tech giant exerts more control over brands," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of notify

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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notify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of notify

: to tell (someone) officially about something

notify

verb
no·​ti·​fy | \ ˈnō-tə-ˌfī \
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 \
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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