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[ noh-tuh-fahy ]
/ ˈnoʊ təˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), no·ti·fied, no·ti·fy·ing.

to inform (someone) or give notice to: to notify the police of a crime.
Chiefly British. to make known; give information of: The sale was notified in the newspapers.

Nearby words

notice board, noticeable, notifiable, notifiable disease, notification, notify, notion, notional, notionally, notionate, notions

Origin of notify

1325–75; Middle English notifien < Middle French notifier < Latin nōtificāre, equivalent to (g)nōt(us) (past participle of (g)nōscere to come to know; see know1) + -ificāre -ify
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for notifiable

  • Industrial diseases should be made "notifiable," so that they can be controlled by the factory or health department.

    Civics and Health|William H. Allen
  • By order of the Local Government Board influenza has been made a notifiable disease.

  • A report reaches us that Jazz is about to be made a notifiable disease.

British Dictionary definitions for notifiable (1 of 2)


/ (ˈnəʊtɪˌfaɪəbəl) /


denoting certain infectious diseases of humans, such as smallpox and tuberculosis, outbreaks of which must be reported to the public health authorities
denoting certain infectious diseases of animals, such as BSE, foot-and-mouth disease, and rabies, outbreaks of which must be reported to the appropriate veterinary authority

British Dictionary definitions for notifiable (2 of 2)


/ (ˈnəʊtɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to inform; tell
mainly British to draw attention to; make known; announce
Derived Formsnotifier, noun

Word Origin for notify

C14: from Old French notifier, from Latin notificāre to make known, from nōtus known + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for notifiable



late 14c., from Old French notefiier "make known, inform, apprise" (13c.), from Latin notificare "to make known, notify," from Latin notus "known" (see notice (n.)) + root of facere "make, do" (see factitious). Related: Notified; notifying.

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