Definition of notify in English:


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transitive verbtransitive verb notifies, transitive verb notifying, transitive verb notified

[with object]
  • 1Inform (someone) of something, typically in a formal or official manner.

    ‘you will be notified of our decision as soon as possible’
    • ‘they were notified that John had been taken prisoner’
    • ‘We were not notified of this meeting and we were promised a meeting with council officers, which has not happened.’
    • ‘He was notified of Fraser's verdict, along with all others who are to be criticised, by letter last week.’
    • ‘Between May and mid-June this year, we were notified of 637 listed building cases.’
    • ‘As soon as these kids are seen in the town centre the police notify us and warn us, and we refuse them entry.’
    • ‘Dr Pugh said he had not been informed he needed to register with the commission, blaming officials for failing to notify him.’
    • ‘All members are notified of Lost in Leitrim dance events and are also updated on the latest news from the site.’
    • ‘She added that officers were notified of the discovery of the body this morning after receiving a call from a member of the public.’
    • ‘Residents were notified of the scheme late last week and claim it will completely change the character of the area.’
    • ‘However, only four residents were notified of the date of the inspector's visit.’
    • ‘All employees were notified of the move in the second half of last year, it said.’
    • ‘Parents were notified of the study in advance and were able to withdraw their child.’
    • ‘I reviewed with her how to stop a nosebleed and advised her to notify me if the problem recurred.’
    • ‘His own bank had sold his most private financial information to another corporation without even notifying him, much less getting his permission.’
    • ‘For example, a person notifies us that their circumstances have changed but by the time the system catches up and updates their file, they have already received their next few payments.’
    • ‘Although well warned, she takes the letter in which she is notified that her benefits are to end as a personal affront.’
    • ‘The warnings notify him of his rights and assure him that the police are prepared to honor them.’
    • ‘If confirmed, the Military and or civil police will be notified of the incident.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, nobody considered notifying anyone else, and local and state authorities were soon deluged with calls from panicked citizens.’
    • ‘A week later we all got letters notifying us about the job.’
    • ‘Without notifying Daniel or his parents, the principal brought in the police to investigate Daniel's comments.’
    inform, tell, advise, apprise, let someone know, put in the picture
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    1. 1.1Give notice of or report (something) formally or officially.
      ‘if he does not notify the occurrences, he may be guilty of nondisclosure’
      • ‘A team was sent to scour the city and the forest services were notified to search the woods.’
      • ‘This determination was notified to the Applicant on 30 October, and the error was then noticed.’
      • ‘Barely one third of school absences were notified to social services departments.’
      • ‘Staff changes were not notified to the Respondents in accordance with the National Standards.’
      • ‘If the assignment is not notified to the borrower, there are additional risks to the parties.’
      • ‘Apart from notifying conversions in the media and calling for objections, the BDA should also seek objections from the immediate neighbours, he said.’
      • ‘Before notifying the plan, the council undertook consultation.’
      • ‘It appears that the practice isn't spending sufficient time in notifying their changes optimally.’
      make known, report, announce, declare, communicate, give notice of, disclose, reveal, divulge, broadcast, publish
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/ˈnōdəˌfī/ /ˈnoʊdəˌfaɪ/


Late Middle English from Old French notifier, from Latin notificare ‘make known’, from notus ‘known’ (see notion) + facere ‘make’.