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give notice

Inform or warn someone of something, as in He's prompt about giving us notice of any discrepancy in the accounts. [ Late 1500s ]
Tell one's employer one is quitting, as in Our housekeeper gave notice last week. This usage, first recorded in 1765, originally alluded to any kind of termination, such as a housing lease, but today is most often used for leaving employment.
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  • Gizur told him that he ought to give notice of the suit for manslaughter, and bade him speak up, so that all might hear him well.

  • Sentries had been placed to give notice of the approach of the enemy.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • These were not little disturbances of the surface of the water, just enough to give notice of his whereabouts—but clean leaps.

    Days in the Open Lathan A. Crandall
  • It is no justification to say that to give notice makes it legal.

  • A small party was at once sent forward up the valley, to give notice if the Uhlans showed any signs of returning.

  • And how exceedingly mean of her not to give notice that she was coming.

  • My orders were to close the road to the Company, not just to give notice.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • I will not fail to give notice of my arrival to your father.

    Roger Willoughby William H. G. Kingston
  • They had come to give notice that the May-pole was reared on the green, and to invite the household to witness the sports.

    Bracebridge Hall Washington Irving
  • They all shouted together to give notice of their safe passage.

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