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.
- in·form·a·ble, adjective
- in·form·ing·ly, adverb
- half-in·form·ing, adjective
- half-in·form·ing·ly, adverb
- un·in·form·ing, adjective
How to use inform in a sentence
The only characters who have not been kaleidoscoped out in this way, she informs us, are Sarah and David, who were always too self-absorbed to care about anyone else.The mind-boggling end of Susan Choi’s Trust Exercise, explained | Constance Grady | November 20, 2020 | Vox
In a late Thursday night statement, chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said Lithuania’s embassy informed the agency that Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis had tested positive for Covid-19.The acting Pentagon chief was exposed to the coronavirus. He’s not quarantining. | Alex Ward | November 20, 2020 | Vox
CRISPR, an acronym for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats,” was not, Davies informs us, the first genome-editing tool.With CRISPR, humans can create their own evolutionary future | Adrian Woolfson | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Race organizers sent an email late Wednesday night to registered runners, informing them of new travel restrictions.As the coronavirus tears through rural Maryland, an ultramarathon plans to race on | Rick Maese | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Excited, Einstein wrote a letter to Mach informing him of his progress and the publication of his newest paper.When Einstein Tilted at Windmills - Issue 93: Forerunners | Amanda Gefter | November 18, 2020 | Nautilus
Following the Apatow references, Marge informs Homer that she needs to use the “Porta Potty.”Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow | Asawin Suebsaeng | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
David has a Southern drawl and charm that informs his character.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho | Tim Teeman | September 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sanford informs that he plans to get a lawyer, whom he will “instruct… not to fight back.”
At which point Bassam informs Jamal the rebel leader is willing to (you guessed it) talk.Generic and Superficial ‘Tyrant’ Amerisplains the Middle East | Andrew Romano | June 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It informs and will inspire some to become more engaged in a hands-on way.Go Away, Coulter and Limbaugh; Hashtagging Is Better Than Snarking | Dean Obeidallah | May 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her inscription informs the reader that "she was a virgin of virtuous courage and very promising hopes."The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Captain King informs me, that the colour of the tongue and inside of the mouth was yellow.
She spins the card; the dial indicates, as she informs me, with unnecessary glee, "You spend your time in trifles."
This telegram is from Washington, and informs me that the Mexicans have just turned loose at Holmesville.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants | H. Irving Hancock
Mr. Redlich informs me, Mr. Chairman, that the document has already been admitted in evidence.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for inform (1 of 2)
(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
to train or educate
- informable, adjective
- informedly (ɪnˈfɔːmɪdlɪ), adverb
- informingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for inform (2 of 2)
archaic without shape; unformed
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