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informed

[in-fawrmd] /ɪnˈfɔrmd/
adjective
1.
having or prepared with information or knowledge; apprised:
an informed audience that asked intelligent questions.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see inform, -ed2
Related forms
informedly
[in-fawr-mid-lee] /ɪnˈfɔr mɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
half-informed, adjective
quasi-informed, adjective
uninformed, adjective

inform1

[in-fawrm] /ɪnˈfɔrm/
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.
  1. to train or instruct.
  2. to make known; disclose.
  3. 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
Related forms
informable, adjective
informingly, adverb
half-informing, adjective
half-informingly, adverb
uninforming, adjective
Synonyms
1. apprise; notify, advise, tell. 2. acquaint.
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Examples for informed
  • Really glad you're keeping us informed about new technology as it happens.
  • Some of the imagery in the exhibition is comprehensible to informed outsiders, while some is ambiguous or completely opaque.
  • He ignored her overtures, until her friends informed him that she was in a suicidal depression and taking large doses of morphine.
  • And he also said that he was simply gathering information about the crisis so he could be fully informed.
  • Still, however, to be well informed and grounded is not the whole that is necessary.
  • The more richly informed he is, the more he is tempted to introduce facts not strictly related to his dominant thought.
  • Critics of the new report argue that there can be no such thing as informed consent in the coercive environment of a prison.
  • We are interested in articulate, well-informed remarks that are relevant to the article.
  • Had policymakers focused on the income-based measure, their reaction might have been speedier and better informed.
  • As the market moves, the system keeps employees informed about the probability of meeting their target.
British Dictionary definitions for informed

informed

/ɪnˈfɔːmd/
adjective
1.
having much knowledge or education; learned or cultured
2.
based on information an informed judgment

inform1

/ɪnˈfɔːm/
verb
1.
(transitive; often foll by of or about) to give information to; tell
2.
(transitive; often foll by of or about) to make conversant (with)
3.
(intransitive; 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.
(transitive) to animate or inspire
7.
(transitive) (obsolete)
  1. to train or educate
  2. to report
Derived Forms
informable, adjective
informedly (ɪnˈfɔːmɪdlɪ) adverb
informingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin informāre to give form to, describe, from formāre to form

inform2

/ɪnˈfɔːm/
adjective
1.
(archaic) without shape; unformed
Word Origin
C16: from Latin informis from in-1 + forma shape
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Word Origin and History for informed

inform

v.

early 14c., "to train or instruct in some specific subject," from Old French informer "instruct, inform, teach," and directly from Latin informare "to shape, form," figuratively "train, instruct, educate," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + formare "to form, shape," from forma "form" (see form (n.)). Varied with enform until c.1600. Sense of "report facts or news" first recorded late 14c. Related: Informed; informing.

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