[ noh-tis ]
See synonyms for: noticenoticednoticing on

  1. an announcement or intimation of something impending; warning: a day's notice.

  2. a note, placard, or the like conveying information or a warning: to post a notice about the fire laws.

  1. information or warning of something, especially for wide attention: to give notice of one's departure.

  2. a notification of the termination, at a specified time, of an agreement, as for renting or employment, given by one of the parties to the agreement: The sales manager suddenly gave notice and headed for Acapulco.

  3. observation, perception, attention, or heed: a book worthy of notice.

  4. interested or favorable attention: to take notice of an unusual feature in the design of a building.

  5. critical attention, appraisal, or evaluation: Only a few of the entries were singled out for notice.

  6. a brief written review or critique, as of a newly published book; review: The notices of the play were mostly favorable.

verb (used with object),no·ticed, no·tic·ing.
  1. to pay attention to or take notice of: Did you notice her hat?

  2. to perceive; become aware of: Did you notice the anger in his voice?

  1. to acknowledge acquaintance with: She noticed him merely with a nod.

  2. to mention or refer to; point out: a circumstance that was noticed in an earlier chapter.

  3. to give notice to; serve with a notice: to notice a person that his taxes are overdue.

Origin of notice

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin nōtitia “a knowing, a being known,” derivative of nōtus known (see notify)

synonym study For notice

10. 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.

Other words for notice

Other words from notice

  • no·tic·er, noun
  • re·no·tice, verb (used with object), re·no·ticed, re·no·tic·ing.
  • un·no·ticed, adjective
  • un·no·tic·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use notice in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for notice


/ (ˈnəʊtɪs) /

  1. the act of perceiving; observation; attention: to escape notice

  2. take notice to pay attention; attend

  1. take no notice of to ignore or disregard

  2. information about a future event; warning; announcement

  3. a displayed placard or announcement giving information

  4. advance notification of intention to end an arrangement, contract, etc, as of renting or employment (esp in the phrase give notice)

  5. at short notice with notification only a little in advance

  6. at two hours' notice with notification only two hours in advance

  7. mainly British dismissal from employment

  8. favourable, interested, or polite attention: she was beneath his notice

  9. a theatrical or literary review: the play received very good notices

  1. to become conscious or aware of; perceive; note

  2. to point out or remark upon

  1. to pay polite or interested attention to

  2. to recognize or acknowledge (an acquaintance)

Origin of notice

C15: via Old French from Latin notitia fame, from nōtus known, celebrated

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Other Idioms and Phrases with notice


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

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