- 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 informing
Then Obama stunned John and his wife Diane, informing them of the failed special operations rescue mission from early July.Foley Family to White House: You Saved Bergdahl. Why Not Our Son?
October 24, 2014
The process for informing the Senate and House intelligence committees is often shrouded in secrecy.Congress Scouring Every U.S. Spy Program
October 10, 2014
The Ordain Women website posted some of Harrison's email to Kelly informing her of her excommunication.Excommunication With a Smile: Mormon Feminist Kicked Out of the Church
June 23, 2014
Those present agreed that the penalty for informing had to be death.Sinn Fein Boss Gerry Adams Wanted This Murder Bust
May 1, 2014
Instead, the group is informing the community that the trial will happen, so anyone who objects can opt out.New 'Suspended Animation' Procedure Saves Lives by Replacing Blood with a Cold Electrolyte Solution
April 2, 2014
Robert shrank from informing him, but he knew it to be his duty, and he was too brave to put it off.Brave and Bold
Then she turned her attention to Eileen, and the shock she received was informing.Her Father's Daughter
Let us ascertain, if we can, what it means, since they are so chary of informing us themselves.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
I had every day news from Rebours, informing me how matters went.Memoirs of Marguerite de Valois, Complete
Marguerite de Valois, Queen of Navarre
The hour for informing her had arrived; he might stand in need of her advice.The Fortune of the Rougons
- (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 informing
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.