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verb (used with object), no·ti·fied, no·ti·fy·ing.
  1. to inform (someone) or give notice to: to notify the police of a crime.
  2. Chiefly British. to make known; give information of: The sale was notified in the newspapers.
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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 formsno·ti·fi·a·ble, adjectiveno·ti·fi·er, nounpre·no·ti·fy, verb (used with object), pre·no·ti·fied, pre·no·ti·fy·ing.re·no·ti·fy, verb (used with object), re·no·ti·fied, re·no·ti·fy·ing.un·no·ti·fied, adjective


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Examples from the Web for notifiable

Historical Examples

  • By order of the Local Government Board influenza has been made a notifiable disease.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, Feb. 26, 1919


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

    Civics and Health

    William H. Allen

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

British Dictionary definitions for notifiable


  1. denoting certain infectious diseases of humans, such as smallpox and tuberculosis, outbreaks of which must be reported to the public health authorities
  2. 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
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verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to inform; tell
  2. mainly British to draw attention to; make known; announce
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Derived Formsnotifier, noun

Word Origin

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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