- 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.
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- without form; formless.
Origin of inform2
Examples from the Web for inform
I would like to inform everyone not to take the page too seriously, we are not trying to promote anything.The Blinged-Up Rich Kids of Tehran on Instagram
October 7, 2014
The signs, he said, were designed to inform people in the neighborhood — not to get him press.‘Crazy’ Harlem Pastor Hates on Obama and Gays
September 28, 2014
But the official said this was meant only to inform Iran about U.S. actions, not to start negotiations over what to do about ISIS.U.S. and Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other
August 26, 2014
Hobbes lacked the data of archaeology and anthropology to inform his theories about the dangerous nature of pre-state existence.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
Gupta has to entertain, as much as inform, around a gruesome situation.Sanjay Gupta, on the Ebola Front Lines
August 4, 2014
Before I go out, I must inform you of one thing you must be careful about.The Imaginary Invalid
I ventured to inform him on this point and he thanked me with some emotion.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Eleanor insisted that John should not inform his mother of her return to work.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
"If madame will call again, I will inform her of my plans," said Mr. Love.Night and Morning, Complete
I thought it could be no harm, to get you to inform yourself, and me, of what could be gathered.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
- (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 inform
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.