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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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for pre-notify

notify

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 pre-notify

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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