verb (used with object)
- to train or instruct.
- to make known; disclose.
- to give or impart form to.
verb (used without object)
- informal settlement,
- informal vote,
Origin of inform1
Examples from the Web for informs
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|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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
Little Buttercup sympathizes with him, and is about to become affectionate, when he informs her he can only be her friend.The Standard Light Operas|George Upton
He informs them that they are at last in the right way, and consoles them by assurances that they have lost nothing.Hunting Sketches|Anthony Trollope
So far then the human soul forms an inseparable unit with the body which it informs.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy|Isaac Husik
He there informs his mother that he bears his banishment with fortitude, and advises her to do the same.The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete|C. Suetonius Tranquillus
St. Cyprian informs the Pope of the decision of himself and his colleagues.The Church of England cleared from the charge of Schism|Thomas William Allies
- to train or educate
- to report
Word Origin for inform
Word Origin 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.