verb (used with object), no·ticed, no·tic·ing.

Origin of notice

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin nōtitia a knowing, a being known, derivative of nōtus known (see notify)
Related formsno·tic·er, nounre·no·tice, verb (used with object), re·no·ticed, re·no·tic·ing.un·no·ticed, adjectiveun·no·tic·ing, adjective

Synonyms for notice

2. sign, poster. 3. advice, news, notification, announcement. 5. note, cognizance. 7. comment, mention. 9. see, regard, heed, observe. 10. note, mark, remark; descry, distinguish, discriminate, recognize, understand. Notice, discern, perceive imply becoming aware of, and paying attention to, something. To notice is to become aware of something that has caught one's attention: to notice a newspaper headline; to notice a road sign. Discern suggests distinguishing (sometimes with difficulty) and recognizing a thing for what it is, discriminating it from its surroundings: In spite of the fog, we finally discerned the outline of the harbor. Perceive, often used as a formal substitute for see or notice, may convey also the idea of understanding meanings and implications: After examining the evidence he perceived its significance. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for notice

Contemporary Examples of notice

Historical Examples of notice

  • Did you notice you could read every letter in the label on that ham?

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I used to notice, many times, that mistress was not quite recovered.

    To be Read at Dusk

    Charles Dickens

  • Nevertheless, not one movement of young Ried escaped the notice of some of them.

  • But of these words and acts nobody apparently took any notice.

  • When he had time to notice it, it amused him that he did not find it annoying.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for notice



the act of perceiving; observation; attentionto escape notice
take notice to pay attention; attend
take no notice of to ignore or disregard
information about a future event; warning; announcement
a displayed placard or announcement giving information
advance notification of intention to end an arrangement, contract, etc, as of renting or employment (esp in the phrase give notice)
at short notice with notification only a little in advance
at two hours' notice with notification only two hours in advance
mainly British dismissal from employment
favourable, interested, or polite attentionshe was beneath his notice
a theatrical or literary reviewthe play received very good notices

verb (tr)

to become conscious or aware of; perceive; note
to point out or remark upon
to pay polite or interested attention to
to recognize or acknowledge (an acquaintance)

Word Origin for notice

C15: via Old French from Latin notitia fame, from nōtus known, celebrated
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Word Origin and History for notice

early 15c., "information, intelligence," from Middle French notice (14c.), and directly from Latin notitia "a being known, celebrity, fame, knowledge," from notus "known," past participle of (g)noscere "come to know, to get to know, get acquainted (with)," from PIE *gno-sko-, a suffixed form of root *gno- (see know). Sense of "formal warning" is attested from 1590s. Meaning "a sign giving information" is from 1805.


early 15c., "to notify," from notice (n.). Sense of "to point out" is from 1620s. Meaning "to take notice of" is attested from 1757, but was long execrated in England as an Americanism (occasionally as a Scottishism, the two offenses not being clearly distinguished). Ben Franklin noted it as one of the words (along with verbal uses of progress and advocate) that seemed to him to have become popular in America while he was absent in France during the Revolution. Related: Noticed; noticing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with notice


see escape notice; give notice; short notice; sit up and take notice; take note (notice).

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