[ noh-tuh-fahy ]
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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.

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

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

  • They left the university grounds at dawn on Feb. 20 without notifying the board.

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  • She was busily engaged notifying the hour of a very important German lesson to be given by a professor who came from town.

    Betty Vivian | L. T. Meade
  • This incident made us somewhat more cautious about leaving the camp, without notifying the guard.

  • The office would be notifying the police now to conduct an immediate search for the missing aircar.

    Novice | James H. Schmitz
  • Mr. Graham evidently knew, and knowing had supplied his place without deeming him worth the trouble of notifying, even.

    The Dreamer | Mary Newton Stanard
  • Handbills were issued, notifying the "Mohawks" to hold themselves in readiness for active work.

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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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