- to inform (someone) or give notice to: to notify the police of a crime.
- Chiefly British. to make known; give information of: The sale was notified in the newspapers.
Origin of notify
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1. apprise, advise, tell.
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Examples from the Web for notify
At least some people had seen the posting and failed to notify the authorities, hopefully because they had not taken it seriously.Two Cops ‘Assassinated’ in Brooklyn
December 21, 2014
They came into the country and they failed to notify the FBI.Laura Poitras on Snowden's Unrevealed Secrets
December 1, 2014
Brown did not notify Sclove of when specifically Kopin would be leaving campus.Is Sex Assault a Crime in the Ivy League?
May 10, 2014
And when the database flags a conflict, the court must notify the judge.Law-Breaking Judges Took Cases That Could Make Them Even Richer
Reity O’Brien, Kytja Weir, Chris Young, Center for Public Integrity
April 28, 2014
He always has the courtesy to notify in advance, even if we choose not to listen.Ukraine Is On the Verge Of War And Putin Is To Blame
February 20, 2014
He tells you of his coming as he might notify a tavern wench.In the Valley
"I will, after I notify the proper officials that I have arrived," decided the lad.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
"We can notify the authorities at Simpson's Corners," said Mr. Basswood.
If so, Roger, would he be fool enough to notify me beforehand?
"Notify the police," Chuck said at last, but Janet shook her head.Phyllis
- to inform; tell
- mainly British to draw attention to; make known; announce
C14: from Old French notifier, from Latin notificāre to make known, from nōtus known + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for notify
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