notify

[noh-tuh-fahy]
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

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

Synonyms for notify

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Examples from the Web for notifying

Historical Examples of notifying

  • All that's willing may announce it by signing below and notifying others.

    Christmas

    Zona Gale

  • Let us deal first with the direction as to notifying the alterations.

  • "The notifying committee will be here in a few minutes," he said.

    The Candidate

    Joseph Alexander Altsheler

  • Little time was lost in notifying Mr. Wakefield of the boys decision.

    The Motor Boys

    Clarence Young

  • My next, the necessity of notifying Mr. Gryce of this man's departure.

    The Leavenworth Case

    Anna Katherine Green


British Dictionary definitions for notifying

notify

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

notify

v.

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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