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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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  • By notifying the police, and it is possible that they may find your man long before the fair is ended.

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

  • All that's willing may announce it by signing below and notifying others.

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

    The Candidate Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • Dorothy was notifying her friends, getting her veil, her dress into readiness.

    Children of the Market Place Edgar Lee Masters
  • From the task of notifying the parents of Deschamps he shrank.

    The Wonder of War on Land Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • After notifying the men282 working nearby, the children hurried home and wrote Mr. Washington a letter telling him about the fire.

    Booker T. Washington Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
  • And that night he wrote a letter to his father, notifying him of the fact.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • When the book comes, and has been made ready for use, send a note to this person, notifying him of the fact of its arrival.

    A Library Primer John Cotton Dana
  • The office would be notifying the police now to conduct an immediate search for the missing aircar.

    Novice James H. Schmitz
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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