[ noh-tuh-fahy ]
See synonyms for: notifynotifiednotifyingnotifier on

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.

Origin of notify

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English notifien, from Middle French notifier, from Latin nōtificāre, from (g)nōt(us), past participle of (g)nōscere “to come to know” (see also know1) + -ificāre -ify

Other words for notify

Other words from notify

  • no·ti·fi·a·ble, adjective
  • no·ti·fi·er, noun
  • pre·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use notify in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for notify


/ (ˈnəʊtɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to inform; tell

  2. mainly British to draw attention to; make known; announce

Origin of notify

C14: from Old French notifier, from Latin notificāre to make known, from nōtus known + facere to make

Derived forms of notify

  • notifier, noun

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