half-informing

inform

1 [in-fawrm]
verb (used with object)
1.
to give or impart knowledge of a fact or circumstance to: He informed them of his arrival.
2.
to supply (oneself) with knowledge of a matter or subject: She informed herself of all the pertinent facts.
3.
to give evident substance, character, or distinction to; pervade or permeate with manifest effect: A love of nature informed his writing.
4.
to animate or inspire.
5.
Obsolete.
a.
to train or instruct.
b.
to make known; disclose.
c.
to give or impart form to.
verb (used without object)
6.
to give information; supply knowledge or enlightenment: a magazine that entertains more than it informs.
Verb phrases
7.
inform on, to furnish incriminating evidence about (someone) to an authority, prosecuting officer, etc.: He informed on his accomplices.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English informen < Latin infōrmāre to form, shape, equivalent to in- in-2 + fōrmāre to form; replacing Middle English enfourmen < Middle French enfourmer < Latin, as above

informable, adjective
informingly, adverb
half-informing, adjective
half-informingly, adverb
uninforming, adjective


1. apprise; notify, advise, tell. 2. acquaint.
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inform1 (ɪnˈfɔːm)
 
vb
1.  (tr; often foll by of or about) to give information to; tell
2.  (tr; often foll by of or about) to make conversant (with)
3.  (intr; often foll by against or on) to give information regarding criminals, as to the police, etc
4.  to give form to
5.  to impart some essential or formative characteristic to
6.  (tr) to animate or inspire
7.  obsolete (tr)
 a.  to train or educate
 b.  to report
 
[C14: from Latin informāre to give form to, describe, from formāre to form]
 
in'formable1
 
adj
 
informedly1
 
adv
 
in'formingly1
 
adv

inform2 (ɪnˈfɔːm)
 
adj
archaic without shape; unformed
 
[C16: from Latin informis from in-1 + forma shape]

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Word Origin & History

inform
early 14c., "to train or instruct in some specific subject," from L. informare "to shape, form, train, instruct, educate," from in- "into" + forma "form." Sense of "report facts or news" first recorded late 14c. Informative "instructive" is from 1650s. Informer "one who gives information against another"
(especially in ref. to law-breaking) is from c.1500.
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