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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from notify

notifier \ ˈnō-​tə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce notifier (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Or the two countries could agree to notify one another of missile tests, as America and Russia have done for decades. The Economist, "Three’s a crowd Donald Trump wants China to join a nuclear-weapons pact," 23 May 2020 Sign up below to be notified when the next story publishes on Dallas News, "Lost promise: A life full of hardship, then hope, senselessly taken," 22 May 2020 Skip the food line by ordering via the FanFood app and pick up food when notified. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "6 things Hoosiers can do for Memorial Day weekend while socially distancing," 22 May 2020 Byrant expressed frustration at Pritzker's decision to wait to notify individuals about the breach. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Thousands of people who recently applied for unemployment compromised by data breach," 21 May 2020 Does an employer have to notify staff if an employee is diagnosed with Covid-19? Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Returning to work: What are your rights?," 19 May 2020 If at an apartment complex, is there security that can be notified and given the assailant's photo?, "Pontiac family grieves while coronavirus leaves some domestic abuse victims in isolation," 7 May 2020 The Mavic Air 2 includes automatic dependent surveillance (ADS-B) compatibility, which means its positioning system allows the drone to notify the operator if another aircraft is in the vicinity in real time. Popular Science, "DJI’s newest drone can dodge other flying objects," 28 Apr. 2020 This serves to notify and attract any potential mates in the area. Tom Fegely, Field & Stream, "Don’t Miss the Woodcock’s Spring Courtship Flight," 13 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'notify.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about notify

Time Traveler for notify

Time Traveler

The first known use of notify was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for notify

Last Updated

26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Notify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for notify


How to pronounce notify (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on notify

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for notify

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with notify

Spanish Central: Translation of notify

Nglish: Translation of notify for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of notify for Arabic Speakers

Comments on notify

What made you want to look up notify? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a pile of three dimensional shapes in green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!