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[in-fawrm] /ɪnˈfɔrm/
verb (used with object)
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.
  1. to train or instruct.
  2. to make known; disclose.
  3. to give or impart form to.
verb (used without object)
to give information; supply knowledge or enlightenment:
a magazine that entertains more than it informs.
Verb phrases
inform on, to furnish incriminating evidence about (someone) to an authority, prosecuting officer, etc.:
He informed on his accomplices.
Origin of inform1
1275-1325; Middle English informen < Latin infōrmāre to form, shape, equivalent to in- in-2 + fōrmāre to form; replacing Middle English enfourmen < Middle French enfourmer < Latin, as above
Related forms
informable, adjective
informingly, adverb
half-informing, adjective
half-informingly, adverb
uninforming, adjective
1. apprise; notify, advise, tell. 2. acquaint. Unabridged
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  • A telegram was sent to Aunt Ella informing her of their safe arrival in London, and that they would be with her the next day.

  • I have written to your uncle, informing him that you would be with him next week.

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  • General Grey expressed his satisfaction with what I said, and, no doubt, lost no time in informing the Queen of its import.

    Queen Victoria As I Knew Her Sir Theodore Martin
  • I at once sent a message to Manuel, informing him of my arrival.

    A Visit to Java W. Basil Worsfold
  • Sister: "Hubby received an anonymous letter this morning informing him of something I did before we were married."

British Dictionary definitions for informing


(transitive; often foll by of or about) to give information to; tell
(transitive; often foll by of or about) to make conversant (with)
(intransitive; 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
(transitive) to animate or inspire
(transitive) (obsolete)
  1. to train or educate
  2. to report
Derived Forms
informable, adjective
informedly (ɪnˈfɔːmɪdlɪ) adverb
informingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin informāre to give form to, describe, from formāre to form


(archaic) without shape; unformed
Word Origin
C16: from Latin informis from in-1 + forma shape
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Word Origin and History for informing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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