Definition of inform in English:

inform

verb

  • 1reporting verb Give (someone) facts or information; tell.

    with object ‘he wrote to her, informing her of the situation’
    with object and direct speech ‘‘That's nothing new,’ she informed him’
    with object and clause ‘they were informed that no risk was involved’
    • ‘We could book our place on the lake and would have a guaranteed swim for the night; in fact we were informed that only six people were allowed to fish at night at any one time.’
    • ‘Yet all too often, as we are informed, ‘so-called fact comes with its accompanying bias’.’
    • ‘If someone leaves a comment on one of your posts, you are sent an e-mail informing you of this fact, and containing the comment.’
    • ‘The big names of the boxing media were actually dialed into the press conference - the moderator informed me of this fact.’
    • ‘He recycles the allegation as though it were fact, without informing us who the ‘critics’ are.’
    • ‘In fact we are reliably informed that Burnby Hall Gardens at Pocklington had never seen anything like it.’
    • ‘England, the discerning television pundits informed us, brought only two genuine world class players to this World Cup.’
    • ‘His empathy had not informed him of the fact that she was staring at him, though.’
    • ‘I was a little surprised to say the least when I was informed of that fact at the weekend.’
    • ‘I am informed that in fact the net tax burden is 32 percent of GDP excluding rates, or 34 percent including rates.’
    • ‘In fact I was informed that the people of the area, not just the parents, had the same claim on the school as the Department.’
    • ‘Your last note acknowledges this fact and informs us that you therefore intend to sell your inventory to a third party and claim damages against us.’
    • ‘In fact, he informed me that he was preparing to put this child on an indefinite suspension from school.’
    • ‘I am informed that in fact it is all explained, you just have to hunt for it.’
    • ‘This fact informs us she in on the same page with today's major theatrical innovators.’
    • ‘He was so happy to see me, and while we were all watching television, he informed me of something.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, she was petrified of people informing her of things she had done wrong, even if it came with suggestions on how to improve.’
    • ‘This was a fact I informed her of as I emerged from the bathroom clutching a towel around me and dripping all over the maroon threadbare carpet.’
    • ‘Subsequently I was informed that in fact it was not a water spout.’
    • ‘He asked if the Baron had informed me of this fact.’
    tell, let someone know, notify, apprise, advise, announce to, impart to, communicate to
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    1. 1.1no object Give incriminating information about someone to the police or other authority.
      ‘he had been recruited by the KGB to inform on his fellow students’
      • ‘And the terrorism bill means that the job of journalists is not to inform us but to inform on us.’
      • ‘The statement said that he was murdered because he owed the defendant £15,000, and also because he had informed on him to police in England.’
      • ‘People will be encouraged to ring a new shame hotline to inform on rubbish dumpers.’
      • ‘You bet, but never to the point where I would hesitate to inform on them for the slightest infraction.’
      • ‘Use them wisely, inform on your neighbours, and remember kids, dope's for dopes.’
      • ‘The staff were not expected to inform on clients but should refer matters to their superior.’
      • ‘It was not only because Castro's security police spied and informed on homosexuals.’
      • ‘Deciding when to inform on wrongdoers is one of the most wrenching dilemmas we can face.’
      • ‘First of all the nice visit, offering them money and mobile phones to inform on people.’
      • ‘He added it was very difficult for young people to inform on friends dabbling with drugs and drink.’
      • ‘Western banks must be obliged by law to inform on suspicious accounts.’
      • ‘When he started to inform on his accomplice last year, the pathologist was called in.’
      • ‘When arrested he referred to him because he believed that that man, who had left his house two minutes before the police arrived, had informed on him.’
      • ‘It repeated a call for offenders to surrender and for others to inform on them.’
      • ‘Word has gotten round that they informed to the police, and it seems I, as an associate, have been tarred with the same brush.’
      • ‘Those involved hope to persuade people to inform on drug dealers, putting them out of business and behind bars.’
      • ‘Not even when one of her options is to inform on him to the company without even telling him about it?’
      denounce, give away, betray, incriminate, inculpate, report, tell the authorities about, tell the police about
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  • 2with object Give an essential or formative principle or quality to.

    ‘religion informs every aspect of their lives’
    • ‘The writing in Mapping is top quality because it is informed by design experience.’
    • ‘Whilst there are a number of subplots, they all inform on the main one and give the story a far wider, more epic feel than it would normally have.’
    • ‘We have found that acquiring developmental knowledge informs every aspect of one's work with a case.’
    • ‘These pervasive and at times contradictory demands informed the salient qualities of his pictures.’
    • ‘This makes me wonder about the areas of Helena's life which are not informed by principles.’
    • ‘In my case early experiences undoubtedly affected my motivation to engage in homelessness research, as well as informing the nature and quality of my fieldwork.’
    • ‘Religion can inform every aspect of a person's life, including politics, and this, I think, is not a bad thing.’
    • ‘Narrative analysis allows for the presentation of students' perceptions in a format that informs such development.’
    • ‘It seems advisable that hypothesizing would be informed by principles of curiosity and empowerment, instead of by principles of power and certainty.’
    • ‘This is a gross departure from principles that have informed our constitutional and ordinary criminal law for centuries.’
    • ‘As such, these works serve as a convincing proof of principle and have informed our own approach to the problem of dominance evolution.’
    • ‘But you do eventually use the same principles as those informing the law - justice, fairness, equity.’
    • ‘It identifies two periods of advocacy for an agricultural system informed by the principles of ecology.’
    • ‘Pinter has taken the analytical and oppositional qualities that informed his full-length plays and continues to apply them to every aspect of his work.’
    • ‘In our submission, it is a legal concept informed by economic principle.’
    • ‘Our local actions should be informed by three global principles.’
    • ‘Evidence based care should be informed by the best quality evidence for the effect of interventions on clinically important longer term outcomes’
    • ‘We hope that a similar set of capacities and principles will inform future editorials.’
    • ‘New development needs to be informed by the principles of urbanism.’
    • ‘In the 19th century this quality informed the work of great English romantics.’
    suffuse, pervade, permeate, infuse, imbue, saturate
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Origin

Middle English enforme, informe ‘give form or shape to’, also ‘form the mind of, teach’, from Old French enfourmer, from Latin informare ‘shape, fashion, describe’, from in- ‘into’ + forma ‘a form’.

Pronunciation

inform

/ɪnˈfɔːm/