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

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notifier \ ˈnō-​tə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce notify (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Protect employees’ data and notify them of a data breach without delay. Rehan Jalil, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Records in all three lawsuits show the plaintiffs repeatedly struggled to locate or contact Johnson to notify him of the litigation, prolonging the various proceedings. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 But before that can start, coaches were set to have meetings with the players Tuesday afternoon to notify them of their place on the depth chart before releasing it on Wednesday. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Aug. 2021 There is no caution light that flashes to notify you of the danger. Dallas News, 8 Aug. 2021 In practice, Citizen agents can then loop in emergency responders and notify them of your phone’s location. Boone Ashworth, Wired, 3 Aug. 2021 City staff repeatedly contacted Carrara this spring to notify him of the new license requirement and restrictions, according to council records. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office said no foul play is suspected in the death of Kristy Lynn Enos-Cantalupo, 30, but investigators have not been able to find her family to notify them of her death. Carol Robinson |, al, 2 June 2021 Warbelow said students should speak to administrators or the school board to notify them of any kind of harassment and put them on notice. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 26 May 2021

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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

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

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“Notify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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.


transitive verb
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


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