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[noh-tuh-fahy] /ˈnoʊ təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), notified, notifying.
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
1325-75; Middle English notifien < Middle French notifier < Latin nōtificāre, equivalent to (g)nōt(us) (past participle of (g)nōscere to come to know; see know1) + -ificāre -ify
Related forms
notifiable, adjective
notifier, noun
prenotify, verb (used with object), prenotified, prenotifying.
renotify, verb (used with object), renotified, renotifying.
unnotified, adjective
1. apprise, advise, tell. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for notifying
Historical Examples
  • All that's willing may announce it by signing below and notifying others.

    Christmas Zona Gale
  • Let us deal first with the direction as to notifying the alterations.

  • "The notifying committee will be here in a few minutes," he said.

    The Candidate Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • Little time was lost in notifying Mr. Wakefield of the boys decision.

    The Motor Boys Clarence Young
  • My next, the necessity of notifying Mr. Gryce of this man's departure.

    The Leavenworth Case Anna Katherine Green
  • He saw the neighbors tip-toeing to a telephone, notifying the police.

    The Arrow of Fire

    Roy J. Snell
  • Letter from Fairfax to the City, notifying the removal of the army to the bridge.

  • From the task of notifying the parents of Deschamps he shrank.

    The Wonder of War on Land

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • And that night he wrote a letter to his father, notifying him of the fact.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • She lost no time in notifying the Dean of her readiness to receive him.

British Dictionary definitions for notifying


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to inform; tell
(mainly Brit) to draw attention to; make known; announce
Derived Forms
notifier, noun
Word Origin
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 notifying



late 14c., from Old French notefiier "make known, inform, apprise" (13c.), from Latin notificare "to make known, notify," from Latin notus "known" (see notice (n.)) + root of facere "make, do" (see factitious). Related: Notified; notifying.

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