in·​formed in-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce informed (audio)
: having information
informed sources
informed observers
: based on possession of information
an informed opinion
: educated, knowledgeable
what the informed person should know
in-ˈfȯr-məd-lē How to pronounce informed (audio)

Example Sentences

Informed sources told us of the new policy. We need to spend more time researching our options so that we can make an informed choice.
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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of informed was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Informed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​formed in-ˈfȯ(ə)rmd How to pronounce informed (audio)
: having or based on information
informed sources
an informed decision

Legal Definition


: based on or made with essential information
an informed judgment

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