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.
Origin of notify
1325–75;Middle Englishnotifien < Middle Frenchnotifier < Latinnōtificāre, 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
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.