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[noh-tuh-fahy] /ˈnoʊ təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), notified, notifying.
to inform (someone) or give notice to:
to notify the police of a crime.
Chiefly British. to make known; give information of:
The sale was notified in the newspapers.
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 forms
notifiable, adjective
notifier, noun
prenotify, verb (used with object), prenotified, prenotifying.
renotify, verb (used with object), renotified, renotifying.
unnotified, adjective
1. apprise, advise, tell. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for notified
  • Once it has been posted on the site, the student is notified.
  • The chef recognized his attacker and notified police.
  • Owners of facilities labeled as critical infrastructure would be notified as soon as this designation is made.
  • Even then, the local population must be notified and know how to respond.
  • Alcohol-awareness programmes are ubiquitous, and more parents are being notified if their kids are caught at the keg.
  • For the companies notified, the investigation presents a quandary.
  • Drivers are then notified of their infractions via text messages sent to their mobile phones.
  • After that, they are notified that welfare payments can be withdrawn.
  • If a job is not done by a set deadline, the pane goes red and the employee's supervisor is automatically notified.
  • In car factories, for example, workers can be notified by vision systems if components are missing or improperly seated.
British Dictionary definitions for notified


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to inform; tell
(mainly Brit) to draw attention to; make known; announce
Derived Forms
notifier, 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 notified



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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