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inform

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[ in-fawrm ]
/ ɪnˈfɔrm /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to give information; supply knowledge or enlightenment: a magazine that entertains more than it informs.
Verb Phrases
inform on, to furnish incriminating evidence about (someone) to an authority, prosecuting officer, etc.: He informed on his accomplices.
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Origin of inform

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1275–1325; Middle English informen<Latin infōrmāre to form, shape, equivalent to in-in-2 + fōrmāre to form; replacing Middle English enfourmen<Middle French enfourmer<Latin, as above

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Other definitions for inform (2 of 2)

inform2
[ in-fawrm ]
/ ɪnˈfɔrm /

adjective Obsolete.
without form; formless.

Origin of inform

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1545–55; <Latin informis formless, deformed, equivalent to in-in-3 + -formis-form
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British Dictionary definitions for inform (1 of 2)

inform1
/ (ɪnˈfɔːm) /

verb

Derived forms of inform

informable, adjectiveinformedly (ɪnˈfɔːmɪdlɪ), adverbinformingly, adverb

Word Origin for inform

C14: from Latin informāre to give form to, describe, from formāre to form

British Dictionary definitions for inform (2 of 2)

inform2
/ (ɪnˈfɔːm) /

adjective
archaic without shape; unformed

Word Origin for inform

C16: from Latin informis from in- 1 + forma shape
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