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1‘she informed him that she was ready to leave’
tell, let someone know, notify, apprise, advise, announce to, impart to, communicate to
brief, prime, enlighten, send word to, keep posted
informal put in the picture, fill in, clue in, clue up, give the low-down to
2‘he informed on two well-known villains’
denounce, give away, betray, incriminate, inculpate, report, tell the authorities about, tell the police about
double-cross, sell out, stab in the back, be a Judas to, give someone a Judas kiss
turn King's evidence, turn Queen's evidence
informal rat, squeal, squeak, blab, split, tell, tell tales about, blow the whistle, spill the beans, put the finger on, sell down the river, nark, snitch, peach, stitch up, do the dirty on
British informal grass, shop, sneak
Scottish informal clype
North American informal rat out, drop a dime on, drop the dime on, finger, job
NZ Australian informal dob, pimp, pool, shelf, put someone's pot on, point the bone at
3‘half of the articles were informed by feminism’
suffuse, pervade, permeate, infuse, imbue, saturate
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