Definition of notify in English:



  • 1Inform (someone) of something, typically in a formal or official manner.

    ‘you will be notified of our decision as soon as possible’
    with object and clause ‘they were notified that John had been taken prisoner’
    • ‘If confirmed, the Military and or civil police will be notified of the incident.’
    • ‘Without notifying Daniel or his parents, the principal brought in the police to investigate Daniel's comments.’
    • ‘We were not notified of this meeting and we were promised a meeting with council officers, which has not happened.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, nobody considered notifying anyone else, and local and state authorities were soon deluged with calls from panicked citizens.’
    • ‘The warnings notify him of his rights and assure him that the police are prepared to honor them.’
    • ‘His own bank had sold his most private financial information to another corporation without even notifying him, much less getting his permission.’
    • ‘A week later we all got letters notifying us about the job.’
    • ‘Residents were notified of the scheme late last week and claim it will completely change the character of the area.’
    • ‘Between May and mid-June this year, we were notified of 637 listed building cases.’
    • ‘As soon as these kids are seen in the town centre the police notify us and warn us, and we refuse them entry.’
    • ‘He was notified of Fraser's verdict, along with all others who are to be criticised, by letter last week.’
    • ‘Parents were notified of the study in advance and were able to withdraw their child.’
    • ‘All employees were notified of the move in the second half of last year, it said.’
    • ‘I reviewed with her how to stop a nosebleed and advised her to notify me if the problem recurred.’
    • ‘All members are notified of Lost in Leitrim dance events and are also updated on the latest news from the site.’
    • ‘However, only four residents were notified of the date of the inspector's visit.’
    • ‘For example, a person notifies us that their circumstances have changed but by the time the system catches up and updates their file, they have already received their next few payments.’
    • ‘She added that officers were notified of the discovery of the body this morning after receiving a call from a member of the public.’
    • ‘Although well warned, she takes the letter in which she is notified that her benefits are to end as a personal affront.’
    • ‘Dr Pugh said he had not been informed he needed to register with the commission, blaming officials for failing to notify him.’
    inform, tell, advise, apprise, let someone know, put in the picture
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    1. 1.1 Give notice of or report (something) formally or officially.
      ‘births and deaths are required by law to be notified to the Registrar’
      • ‘Staff changes were not notified to the Respondents in accordance with the National Standards.’
      • ‘Before notifying the plan, the council undertook consultation.’
      • ‘It appears that the practice isn't spending sufficient time in notifying their changes optimally.’
      • ‘Apart from notifying conversions in the media and calling for objections, the BDA should also seek objections from the immediate neighbours, he said.’
      • ‘This determination was notified to the Applicant on 30 October, and the error was then noticed.’
      • ‘Barely one third of school absences were notified to social services departments.’
      • ‘A team was sent to scour the city and the forest services were notified to search the woods.’
      • ‘If the assignment is not notified to the borrower, there are additional risks to the parties.’
      make known, report, announce, declare, communicate, give notice of, disclose, reveal, divulge, broadcast, publish
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Late Middle English: from Old French notifier, from Latin notificare ‘make known’, from notus ‘known’ (see notion) + facere ‘make’.