Definition of notice in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The fact of observing or paying attention to something.

    ‘their silence did not escape my notice’
    ‘it has come to our notice that you have been missing school’
    • ‘Despite massive opposition by the British public, it looks unlikely that our elected representatives will take much notice of this fact.’
    • ‘It didn't escape their notice that even though he carried a sword, he had never once drawn it.’
    • ‘While I spoke I couldn't help but notice how his full attention was on me.’
    • ‘When they come to our notice, therefore, it is mainly by accident.’
    • ‘It is hard for a biologist in the field to escape their notice, so it is hard to observe them closely.’
    • ‘Teachers need to observe each child and notice if modifications need to be made in teaching reading to children.’
    • ‘The word ‘despicable’ is mild in comparison with other descriptions that have come to my notice.’
    • ‘The first thing you'll notice is the fact that the franchise interface has been completely revamped.’
    • ‘We didn't really take much notice of the fact that he was an aristocrat and a monarchist.’
    • ‘These are the kind of clues that might escape the notice of the casual observer.’
    • ‘Petrov is the main beneficiary of O'Neill's latest reorganisation, a fact that has not escaped the manager's notice.’
    • ‘The woman had brightened up amazingly when it had come to her notice that well over half the population where male.’
    • ‘Since then it has come to my notice how little is being done to make shopping easier for disabled people in the way of access to goods in some stores.’
    • ‘Obviously no papers have come to his notice on his six hours' train journey.’
    • ‘Maddy laughed as Joan passed Luke without much notice to the fact that he couldn't stop watching her.’
    • ‘In fact, you barely notice after a while, since you're so absorbed in Eddie's arcane ramblings.’
    • ‘The men that were beside her stayed where they were and didn't take any notice to the fact that she had just done what she had just done.’
    • ‘Cases like these have not come to my notice but if there really are such instances, we will definitely take action.’
    • ‘My Sunday school teacher suggested that maybe the fact that I'm trying to escape notice inadvertently brings me into the limelight.’
    • ‘No one around this school ever noticed him or paid much attention if they did notice.’
    attention, observation, awareness, consciousness, perception, cognizance, heed, note
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  • 2[mass noun] Notification or warning of something, especially to allow preparations to be made.

    ‘interest rates are subject to fluctuation without notice’
    • ‘We are prepared at moment's notice to release the nerve gas over the city.’
    • ‘They have swiped hundreds of signs, including chevrons and direction indicators giving motorists advance notice of hazards.’
    • ‘IBM argues that fraud allegations must be backed up in great detail, and give the defendant fair notice to prepare a defense.’
    • ‘We are looking forward to a good entry and hope this advance notice will allow producers of breeding sheep to get together a healthy entry.’
    • ‘Under section 84 the parole board gives the community adequate notice of the parolee's application.’
    • ‘Lunch and dinner are available on giving advance notice.’
    • ‘These regulations should be extended to cover all insurances with advance notice of 10 weeks minimum applying.’
    • ‘Local oil companies have told the bureau that they need three months' notice to prepare for the new fuel specification.’
    • ‘The lawsuit was based on the fact that the city gave no warning or notice that they would be cleaning debris from the riverbank.’
    • ‘That is, it's something that happened and could happen again without notice or warning.’
    • ‘The absence of wirescape and the impressive decorative lamp standards give advance notice of an unusually fine town landscape.’
    • ‘For savers who are prepared to give notice before taking out their money, interest rates payable are generally higher.’
    • ‘Earlier Mr Sinclair had complained that he had not had enough notice to prepare for Mr Williams' appearance at the inquiry.’
    • ‘He says some Maori were given less than a day's notice to prepare an oral submission, on what is a major piece of legislation.’
    • ‘I think it's far from necessary to allow our enemies detailed advanced notice of our next move.’
    • ‘This timely notice gives time to prepare children for this very popular event.’
    • ‘The tenant charged the premises without giving notice, and allowed the specified date to pass without making the reconstruction.’
    notification, announcement, apprisal, intimation
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    1. 2.1A formal declaration of one's intention to end an agreement, typically one concerning employment or tenancy, at a specified time.
      ‘she handed in her notice’
      ‘his employers gave him two weeks' notice’
      • ‘It will include free training for all miners as soon as they get their redundancy notice as well as the creation of a jobs hotline in the Selby Job Centre.’
      • ‘The matter is more urgent because staff have already been given their redundancy notice; once they go, the work is likely to cease.’
      • ‘Fairness factors may also be considered in assessing reasonable notice.’
      • ‘During this time other managers at the centre also decided to leave voluntarily and gave notice to terminate their employment.’
      • ‘The two-day hearing was told that the McHardys were given just ten minutes notice of the redundancies.’
      • ‘The policy allows pilots to give notice on the last day of the month and retire the following day.’
      • ‘It's as if my usual fighting spirit has up and left without any formal notice.’
      • ‘Obviously we are very close to the final date by which we can give notice and your urgent attention to this matter will be most appreciated.’
      • ‘The employee was given his notice of redundancy on Friday, June 6.’
      • ‘He then held that these requirements were not fulfilled before 19th January 2001 when notice was in fact given.’
      • ‘Although Fettis is technically a free agent, players are supposed to give 14 days notice of their intention to leave.’
      • ‘A group of 10 junior pilots was already given a month's compulsory redundancy notice early last week.’
      • ‘He gave 12 months' notice of his intention to step down in November 2002.’
      • ‘The claimant in that case received notice terminating his employment on 30th September 1977.’
      • ‘If you leave before you get formal notice of redundancy, you are unlikely to be entitled to any statutory payment.’
      • ‘Grimshaw was given formal notice to quit in 1885, but had probably already returned to Leeds.’
      • ‘He does not depose to the fact that such notice was ever given to the second applicant or the first applicant.’
      • ‘He has already received his redundancy notice and is due to leave the firm on September 10.’
      • ‘Workers who have been made redundant will be able to make claims up to £280 a week for pay, holiday pay, pay in lieu of notice and redundancy.’
      • ‘Provisional notice of City's intention to withdraw its membership of the Football League has already been given.’
      resignation, letter of resignation
      dismissal, discharge, ending of employment, termination of employment, one's marching orders
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  • 3A displayed sheet or placard giving news or information.

    ‘the jobs were advertised in a notice posted in the common room’
    • ‘Bradford Council is also looking closely at objections to the scheme from Ilkley residents, since it put up its formal notice about the planned work.’
    • ‘We posted a notice on the website and the new information went out with the second and third batch of letters.’
    • ‘Public notices will be displayed around car parks and people can view plans online.’
    • ‘Secretary Peter Kay said members had resorted to sticking information notices of their own on bus stops as the partnership and bus operators had failed to properly publicise diversion routes.’
    • ‘This weekend police will display notices on lampposts in and around the triangular zone explaining how the orders work.’
    • ‘A watchdog has ruled that clamping cannot be allowed in areas where there is no obvious warning notice.’
    • ‘When floodwater rises and obscures this warning notice, it is dangerous to drive ahead.’
    • ‘The college posted huge notices informing students and staff that there would be a three minute silence.’
    • ‘I'll be posting notices around the school, so look out.’
    • ‘Look out for the notice of the Samaritans information evening in the end of September.’
    • ‘The court said the standard warning notice sent to the student was incorrectly worded.’
    • ‘The shop posted a written notice informing its customers that no invalid bills will be accepted after July 1.’
    • ‘Until that date any parking infringements found will be given an informal warning notice without a penalty.’
    • ‘Park staff will be posting closure notices where footpaths and bridleways meet with the public highway.’
    • ‘Walkers are asked to obey any notice with warnings that tree felling may be in progress.’
    • ‘Information notices will be attached to the bus stops in advance of the work so as to advise users of the temporary arrangements.’
    • ‘Last year notices were posted along University Road informing us of a proposal to cut the speed restriction on the long, straight stretch from 40 to 30 mph.’
    • ‘Among the information in the passenger notices was a section on baggage, which stated that the free bag allowance is two pieces of checked luggage per passenger.’
    • ‘Public notices will be displayed in advance and parents who don't comply run the risk of the council clearing the plots.’
    • ‘But when I roll up to the Inverey hostel I am greeted by a little notice informing me it will open at 1700 hours.’
    information sheet, bill, handbill, poster, advertisement, announcement, bulletin, broadsheet, circular, flyer, leaflet, pamphlet, sign, placard
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    1. 3.1A small advertisement or announcement in a newspaper or magazine.
      [as modifier] ‘an obituary notice’
      • ‘They include stories and chants, photographs and advertisements, political notices, and letters to the editor.’
      • ‘He saw our notice in the newspapers about that dead woman, found in Trevor Square, and traveled down here by the coach.’
      • ‘A reprint of the official notice appeared in the newspapers the next day.’
      • ‘If you have friends who play golf please bring this notice to their attention and get them to register a team early.’
      • ‘The index to deaths is useful for showing the quarter of the year in which a death occurred and, thus, when newspaper death and funeral notices might appear.’
      • ‘Check your local newspaper for notices about missing cats.’
      • ‘I telephoned Chadwick's so that they could fax the obituary with the funeral notice to the newspapers.’
      • ‘It was following me having a gentle moan to Yvonne about the notice in our national magazine about medical insurance rates rising.’
      • ‘The formal gazette notice, however, provided no explanation for the decision.’
      • ‘Please bring this notice to the attention of your family/friends who may be interested in attending the reunion.’
      • ‘First she has to put a notice in the local newspaper, and if there are no objections, has been told the court is likely to find in her favour.’
      • ‘And, we'd already arranged the notices in newspapers.’
      • ‘Even Martin Harwood's death notice in Saturday's Observer contained a reference to ‘toad’.’
      • ‘The Warwickshire captain is used to reading his obituary notice in the columns of the national newspapers.’
      • ‘The company had submitted a similar application to the planning office in May but it was deemed invalid by the planning officials because the site and newspaper notices were out of date.’
      • ‘Each week, local newspapers carried public notices offering employment to stonebreakers and carters.’
      • ‘Wool also placed notices in newspapers requesting the help of volunteers, specifically soldiers who had already mustered out of service.’
      • ‘A newspaper notice follows, giving all the neighbours an opportunity to object to its construction.’
      • ‘Site notices will also go up, and there will be notices in local newspapers.’
      • ‘He pointed out that if the writer had read his own newspaper he would have seen the public notice announcing the roundabout.’
  • 4A short published review of a new film, play, or book.

    ‘she had good notices in her first film’
    • ‘Since its launch in January, the ratings have been abysmal and the critical notices worse.’
    • ‘His efforts to find viable synonyms were not in vain: the book was released to admiring notices in January 2004.’
    • ‘The latest volume in this series contains six original essays, a lengthy review article, and a number of book notices.’
    • ‘His books have also stopped receiving notices.’
    • ‘He thought the London location would alter the emphasis from paying attention to the working class audience to one of trying to get good notices from the London critics.’
    • ‘The show duly received glowing notices in every newspaper.’
    • ‘There were some negative notices, however, with several finding the films pace too slow for comfort and its narrative going nowhere, slowly.’
    • ‘Nationwide, Cason's book inspired reviews and notices in many leading newspapers and periodicals.’
    • ‘That volume commanded polite notices and some positive reviews.’
    • ‘Although many of the critics have yet to publish their reactions in America, notices so far have been generally positive.’
    • ‘The book drew favourable notices and went through five print runs, but in summer 2002 it was not on many radar screens.’
    • ‘He was not the sort of writer who claimed never to read notices of his books; he was too engaged, too polemical to remain that aloof.’
    • ‘It's therefore an edgy time as she awaits the notices for a book that she spent three years writing.’
    • ‘It received good notices from the critics and respectable ratings at first.’
    • ‘The notices were extraordinary, one critic from the Literary Review describing Wallace as a cross between Franz Kafka and David Lynch.’
    • ‘We all know how book blurbs and theatre notices can, by careful editing, turn critical comments into a rave review.’
    • ‘A short notice cannot do justice to this admirable and thought-provoking book.’
    • ‘Despite the presence of the two stars the film received mixed notices.’
    • ‘Audiences, on the other hand, seem perplexed that their response differs so markedly to those reflected in the film's notices.’
    • ‘The work received mixed notices from the critics.’
    review, write-up, critique, criticism
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  • 1 Become aware of.

    ‘he noticed the youths behaving suspiciously’
    [with clause] ‘I noticed that she was looking tired’
    [no object] ‘they were too drunk to notice’
    • ‘Know your body, be aware of any changes and contact your doctor if you notice anything unusual.’
    • ‘Despite being a medical man, I did not have my friend's amazing power of observation to notice the subtle differences in ears.’
    • ‘He probably didn't notice anything, but I know that I was aware of the big smirk on her face, as was Abby.’
    • ‘It's little things like that which get noticed by observant kids such as myself.’
    • ‘Since good news doesn't make the news, we don't notice it nor realize how often the good things are happening.’
    • ‘Its something that I wasn't really aware of until recently, but I'm starting to notice this phenomenon more and more.’
    • ‘At that time it was noticed that the defendant was behaving strangely, said the prosecution.’
    • ‘Her main involvement was to help Gabriel be aware of children who had questions when he did not notice their raised hands.’
    • ‘Only a trained observer would notice her hands and feet look somewhat larger and more masculine.’
    • ‘I couldn't help but notice the realization that dawned on my father's face.’
    • ‘You observe yourself everyday and notice your weaknesses and because you realize this you are unhappy.’
    • ‘A keen observer might notice the Star of David she wears around her neck.’
    • ‘Sharp-eyed observers may notice the addition of one tiny syllable to this site overnight.’
    • ‘She didn't realize that he was noticing the greenish bruises that still covered her cheeks.’
    • ‘He was trying to concentrate on each miserable step forward; and so he didn't notice the gang of youths until he'd bumped into one of them.’
    • ‘Deep in his thoughts, Luther did not notice the drunk that was approaching him.’
    • ‘Altered states allow us to become more aware, so we tend to notice things we normally wouldn't.’
    • ‘Ever the observant one, Barry notices these things about me even in these circumstances.’
    • ‘You may notice obsessive patterns and habits of mind you weren't aware of before starting this practice.’
    • ‘He noticed the youth was wearing dark clothes and there was a helmet lying on the road.’
    observe, perceive, note, see, become aware of, discern, detect, spot, distinguish, catch sight of, make out, take notice of, mark, remark
    pay attention to, take note of, heed, take heed of, pay heed to
    behold, descry, espy
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    1. 1.1Treat (someone) as worthy of recognition or attention.
      ‘it was only last year that the singer really began to be noticed’
      • ‘I was trying to get your attention, to make you notice me.’
      • ‘I can't seem to take her anywhere without people noticing her and talking.’
      • ‘I see now why he showed me all those theories, to get me to notice him, to get me to pay attention.’
      • ‘Now Silverwood is eager to get back on track but he knows that he must first of all pick up wickets with Yorkshire before England start to notice him again.’
      • ‘We can't just sit around, we have to do something a bit special to get people to notice us.’
      • ‘He is one of the best skateboarders coming out of Miami, and people are noticing him.’
      • ‘Yes, in many ways, I think that because I'm Chinese, people don't notice me as much.’
      • ‘He did, however, have an innate grasp of public relations, dressing with flair so people would notice him.’
      • ‘Would Ariella begin to notice him the way he noticed her if he acted like his brother did?’
      • ‘I just wanted you to notice me for a change and treat me like a real person.’
      • ‘Because of that little conversation that he heard, Ian began to notice Michelle more.’
      • ‘He already knew where she lived and she might begin to notice him if he caught the same bus as her.’
      • ‘I write in part to have people notice me and my thoughts, which I think are worth noticing.’
      • ‘I still wait for people to notice me and come and talk to me.’
    2. 1.2archaic Mention or remark on.
      ‘she looked so much better that Sir Charles noticed it to Lady Harriet’


Late Middle English (in notice): from Old French, from Latin notitia being known, from notus known (see notion).