no·​tice | \ ˈnō-təs How to pronounce notice (audio) \

Definition of notice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : warning or intimation of something : announcement subject to change without noticeDun's Rev. Please give us enough notice to prepare for your arrival.
(2) : the announcement of a party's intention to quit an agreement or relation at a specified time tenants' right freely to give notice— Store Bolin
(3) : the condition of being warned or notified usually used in the phrase on notice putting all … court personnel on notice that fundamental rights had to be observed— E. E. Nobleman
2a : attention, heed first attracted notice with his short novel — see also take notice
b : polite or favorable attention : civility She had very little notice from any but him.— Jane Austen
3 : a written or printed announcement Newspapers print notices of marriages and deaths. A notice was sent to parents about the school trip.
4 : a short critical account or review The play received good notices.


noticed; noticing; notices

Definition of notice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give notice of
2a : to comment upon
b : review
3a : to treat with attention or civility
b : to become aware of (something or someone) : to take notice of No one noticed her arrival. I think Mr. Carver is showing us at least part of the truth about a segment of American experience few of our writers trouble to notice.— Irving Howe
4 : to give a formal notice to

intransitive verb

: to become aware of something : to take notice Only one middle-aged customer seems not to notice.— Carol Wallace He did some unorthodox things, … but no one noticed except the musicians who tried to duplicate them.Rolling Stone

Other Words from notice


noticer noun

Examples of notice in a Sentence

Noun Please give us enough notice to prepare for your arrival. Notices were sent to parents about the school trip. Did you see the notice about the meeting? Newspapers print notices of marriages and deaths. Verb She noticed a smell of gas. You didn't notice that I got my hair cut. She noticed me leaving the meeting early. I noticed an error in the book. The problem was first noticed several days ago. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After posting a notice on the Nextdoor app, Kottmeier got numerous offers from homeowners offering their land. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 Stellantis in a notice shared through a number of Facebook postings highlighted its facilities in five of the high-risk counties — Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2022 Attorneys for Secretary of State Laurel Lee, a defendant in the lawsuit filed by voting-rights groups and other plaintiffs, filed a notice taking the case the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee. Jim Saunders, Orlando Sentinel, 13 May 2022 The Queen issued a legal notice known as Letters Patent to give Prince Charles and Prince William authority to open Parliament on her behalf. Rob Picheta, CNN, 13 May 2022 To purchase a death notice, visit Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 The charges stem from disturbing allegations detailed in a notice of claim the child's mother filed against the Newark Board of Education. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 12 May 2022 The symphony sent a notice to subscribers Tuesday afternoon about the cancellation. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2022 The bill would require agencies to post a notice of each well permit application online and allow 30 days for the public to comment. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ever notice the community of adult birds that watch a young bird on its first tentative flight? Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2022 Also please notice that the Paris agreement has no legally binding language. David Marchesephoto Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 In fact, by the age of 35, around two-thirds of men notice some form of hair loss and that number climbs to 85 percent by age 50. Garrett Munce, Men's Health, 22 Apr. 2022 The ladies then notice a bra and floral wrap, and excitedly conclude Kevin slept with someone. Amanda Ostuni,, 20 Apr. 2022 The adults helping the kids, along with yourself, might notice some strange things in the lawn at this time of the year. Chris Mckeown, The Enquirer, 16 Apr. 2022 Some parents might notice kids acting up more than usual during spring time. Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2022 Yet, in the midst of their heartfelt moment, most people couldn’t help but notice the accessories SZA used to get onto the stage to accept her award: crutches. Aley Arion, Essence, 4 Apr. 2022 However, Live fans couldn't help but notice Kelly debuted a hair change. Katherine Tinsley, Good Housekeeping, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of notice


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for notice

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, knowledge, notification, from Latin notitia acquaintance, awareness, from notus known, from past participle of noscere to come to know — more at know

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no·​tice | \ ˈnō-təs How to pronounce notice (audio) \

Kids Definition of notice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : warning, announcement The schedule may change without notice.
2 : an indication that an agreement will end at a specified time I gave my employer notice.
3 : attention sense 1, heed Take no notice of them.
4 : a written or printed announcement Notices were sent to parents about the school trip.
5 : a short piece of writing that gives an opinion (as of a book or play) The new show received good notices.


noticed; noticing

Kids Definition of notice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become aware of : pay attention to … my mother noticed a hole in the toe of my sock.— Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing



Legal Definition of notice

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a notification or communication of a fact, claim, demand, or proceeding — see also process, service

Note: The requirements of when, how, and what notice must be given to a person are often prescribed by a statute, rule, or contract.

b : awareness of such a fact, claim, demand, or proceeding
actual notice
1 : actual awareness or direct notification of a specific fact, demand, claim, or proceeding had actual notice of the meeting

called also express notice

2 : implied notice in this entry
constructive notice
: notice that one exercising ordinary care and diligence as a matter of duty would possess and especially that is imputed by law rather than from fact held to have constructive notice of the prior recorded deed — compare recording act
express notice
: actual notice in this entry
implied notice
: notice that is imputed to a party having knowledge of a fact or circumstance that would cause a reasonable party to inquire further or having possession of a means of knowing a particular fact and that is considered a form of actual notice

called also inquiry notice

notice by publication
: notice published in a public medium (as a newspaper) that is used, allowed, or required especially in matters of public concern, land, or estates or after due diligence in attempting personal service of process
2 : actual notice in this entry
3 : constructive notice in this entry
4 : something (as information) that would cause a reasonable party to inquire further — see also implied notice in this entry
5 : a written document containing notice filed a notice of appeal
6 : recognition or attention especially by a court — see also judicial notice


transitive verb
noticed; noticing

Legal Definition of notice (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to make known through notice appeals noticed for the coming session a noticed shareholder meeting
2 : to recognize formally in a civil action or proceeding, the court shall instruct the jury to accept as conclusive any fact judicially noticedFederal Rules of Evidence Rule 201(g)
3 : to serve a notice to also : to bring about by means of notice allowed to notice a deposition from the other party



Legal Definition of notice (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or being a recording act in which a party having an interest in property has priority over any earlier unrecorded claims of which the party had no notice — compare pure race, race-notice

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