Synonyms & Antonyms of inform

1 to give information (as to the authorities) about another's improper or unlawful activities
  • the police only caught the mastermind of the burglary because his disgruntled partner informed

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2 to give information to
  • chose teaching as a career because it affords the opportunity to inform a whole generation of young minds

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How does the verb inform differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of inform are acquaint, apprise, and notify. While all these words mean "to make one aware of something," inform implies the imparting of knowledge especially of facts or occurrences.

informed us of the crisis

When could acquaint be used to replace inform?

The meanings of acquaint and inform largely overlap; however, acquaint lays stress on introducing to or familiarizing with.

acquaint yourself with the keyboard

When can apprise be used instead of inform?

The words apprise and inform are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, apprise implies communicating something of special interest or importance.

keep us apprised of the situation

Where would notify be a reasonable alternative to inform?

In some situations, the words notify and inform are roughly equivalent. However, notify implies sending notice of something requiring attention or demanding action.

notified the witness when to appear

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

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in force


inform (against)

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“Inform.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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