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

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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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The current administration is taking a much narrower view of reexamining a country’s conditions, which Nimni argued is a significant shift in policy that the government failed to notify the public about as required. Akilah Johnson,, "In packed courtroom, lawyers spar over fate of ‘protected’ immigrants," 13 July 2018 In a letter accompanying the report, the United States asks the sanctions committee to notify every country in the United Nations that North Korea has breached the annual quota. David Nakamura,, "Trump releases 'nice note' from Kim Jong Un praising progress despite setbacks in talks," 12 July 2018 The companies also will be required to notify the commission in advance of switching off a line — again, if feasible — and tell the commission once service has been restored. David R. Baker,, "To prevent fires, California sets new rules for shutting off power lines," 12 July 2018 The coalition said the deceased would not be identiied publicly for 24 hours in order to give officials time to notify next of kin. Dennis Romero And Reuters /, NBC News, "U.S. service member killed, 2 wounded in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan," 8 July 2018 Sponsor will attempt to notify winner by telephone and/or email within two days of the drawing. Hartford Courant,, "Official Sweepstakes Rules," 5 July 2018 Generally, plan administrators are required to notify their participants if a benefit is denied or if additional information is needed to complete a request. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Ask HR: Can I be fired for attending a protest or speaking up publicly about politics?," 3 July 2018 That’s when an athlete emailed Rhoades, according to the suit, to notify the athletic director that Halter attempted to discredit Lyles in front of the team. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Former Mizzou assistant track and field coach sues for racial discrimination," 28 June 2018 The relatively short-term license has some broad conditions, including requiring Uber to notify regulators about changes to company policy and provide the results of an independent review conducted every six months. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: The Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban; 17 states sue Trump," 27 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of notify

: to tell (someone) officially about something


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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