- 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.
Origin of inform1
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Examples from the Web for informs
Following the Apatow references, Marge informs Homer that she needs to use the “Porta Potty.”Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow
January 6, 2015
David has a Southern drawl and charm that informs his character.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho
September 19, 2014
Sanford informs that he plans to get a lawyer, whom he will “instruct… not to fight back.”Mark Sanford’s Epic Facebook Overshare
September 12, 2014
At which point Bassam informs Jamal the rebel leader is willing to (you guessed it) talk.Generic and Superficial ‘Tyrant’ Amerisplains the Middle East
June 25, 2014
It informs and will inspire some to become more engaged in a hands-on way.Go Away, Coulter and Limbaugh; Hashtagging Is Better Than Snarking
May 14, 2014
Now Colonel Corkran informs us that we must pronounce her, in a different way.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
It informs her whole view of the rights and duties of women in her Vindication.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
“The era of religious influence closes in bankruptcy,” he informs us.Mountain Meditations
"That is it," she informs me and leans forward and whispers in my ear.The Flying Cuspidors
V. R. Francis
He informs us that there was a pillory at Wallingford in 1231, and probably earlier.Bygone Punishments
- (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 informs
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.