- having or prepared with information or knowledge; apprised: an informed audience that asked intelligent questions.
Origin of informed
- to give or impart knowledge of a fact or circumstance to: He informed them of his arrival.
- to supply (oneself) with knowledge of a matter or subject: She informed herself of all the pertinent facts.
- to give evident substance, character, or distinction to; pervade or permeate with manifest effect: A love of nature informed his writing.
- to animate or inspire.
- to train or instruct.
- to make known; disclose.
- to give or impart form to.
- to give information; supply knowledge or enlightenment: a magazine that entertains more than it informs.
- inform on, to furnish incriminating evidence about (someone) to an authority, prosecuting officer, etc.: He informed on his accomplices.
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Examples from the Web for informed
He was informed indeed he had, however the island was infinite.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
The White House was informed by the committee on Monday that the report would be released the following day.CIA Offers New Security Checks for ‘Torture Report’ Spies
Shane Harris, Kimberly Dozier
December 9, 2014
According to The Times, the British government was informed.Britain Has Lost Its Marbles: Elgin Loan Will Appease Putin
December 5, 2014
They informed us that the money and Medicaid payments we received were predicated on a mistake.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
December 2, 2014
J.W. then informed Hayden that she was suffering “pain and discharges.”Rape, Lies & Videotape in Ferguson
November 18, 2014
I summoned him to an interview, and informed him in decided terms that I must be master in my own ship.Brave and Bold
Mrs. Elwood tells me that she informed the caretaker yesterday of our coming.
"I brought an old dress along," Elfreda informed her friends.
Not with an outburst of horror; he had not even been informed that he was irreverent.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
We have not yet been informed with certainty what course the enemy have steered.A Book of Autographs
- having much knowledge or education; learned or cultured
- based on informationan informed judgment
- (tr; often foll by of or about) to give information to; tell
- (tr; often foll by of or about) to make conversant (with)
- (intr; often foll by against or on) to give information regarding criminals, as to the police, etc
- to give form to
- to impart some essential or formative characteristic to
- (tr) to animate or inspire
- (tr) obsolete
- to train or educate
- to report
- archaic without shape; unformed
Word Origin and History for informed
early 14c., "to train or instruct in some specific subject," from Old French informer "instruct, inform, teach," and directly from Latin informare "to shape, form," figuratively "train, instruct, educate," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + formare "to form, shape," from forma "form" (see form (n.)). Varied with enform until c.1600. Sense of "report facts or news" first recorded late 14c. Related: Informed; informing.