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[noh-tis] /ˈnoʊ tɪs/
an announcement or intimation of something impending; warning:
a day's notice.
a note, placard, or the like conveying information or a warning:
to post a notice about the fire laws.
information or warning of something, especially for wide attention:
to give notice of one's departure.
a notification of the termination, at a specified time, of an agreement, as for renting or employment, given by one of the parties to the agreement:
The sales manager suddenly gave notice and headed for Acapulco.
observation, perception, attention, or heed:
a book worthy of notice.
interested or favorable attention:
to take notice of an unusual feature in the design of a building.
critical attention, appraisal, or evaluation:
Only a few of the entries were singled out for notice.
a brief written review or critique, as of a newly published book; review:
The notices of the play were mostly favorable.
verb (used with object), noticed, noticing.
to pay attention to or take notice of:
Did you notice her hat?
to perceive; become aware of:
Did you notice the anger in his voice?
to acknowledge acquaintance with:
She noticed him merely with a nod.
to mention or refer to; point out:
a circumstance that was noticed in an earlier chapter.
to give notice to; serve with a notice:
to notice a person that his taxes are overdue.
Origin of notice
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin nōtitia a knowing, a being known, derivative of nōtus known (see notify)
Related forms
noticer, noun
renotice, verb (used with object), renoticed, renoticing.
unnoticed, adjective
unnoticing, adjective
2. sign, poster. 3. advice, news, notification, announcement. 5. note, cognizance. 7. comment, mention. 9. see, regard, heed, observe. 10. note, mark, remark; descry, distinguish, discriminate, recognize, understand. Notice, discern, perceive imply becoming aware of, and paying attention to, something. To notice is to become aware of something that has caught one's attention: to notice a newspaper headline; to notice a road sign. Discern suggests distinguishing (sometimes with difficulty) and recognizing a thing for what it is, discriminating it from its surroundings: In spite of the fog, we finally discerned the outline of the harbor. Perceive, often used as a formal substitute for see or notice, may convey also the idea of understanding meanings and implications: After examining the evidence he perceived its significance. Unabridged
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  • Then, noticing Winterbourne's silence, she asked him why he didn't speak.

    Daisy Miller Henry James
  • I was angry with myself for not noticing his disappearance before.

    An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet A. Henry Savage Landor
  • The count went away, not noticing the strange expression in the glance the Indian turned on him.

    The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard
  • noticing his stage-fright, the audience tried to encourage him by applause.

  • His companions sped merrily on, not noticing what had befallen him, and he was left to disentangle himself as best he could.

    The Scottish Fairy Book Elizabeth W. Grierson
British Dictionary definitions for noticing


the act of perceiving; observation; attention: to escape notice
take notice, to pay attention; attend
take no notice of, to ignore or disregard
information about a future event; warning; announcement
a displayed placard or announcement giving information
advance notification of intention to end an arrangement, contract, etc, as of renting or employment (esp in the phrase give notice)
at short notice, with notification only a little in advance
at two hours' notice, with notification only two hours in advance
(mainly Brit) dismissal from employment
favourable, interested, or polite attention: she was beneath his notice
a theatrical or literary review: the play received very good notices
verb (transitive)
to become conscious or aware of; perceive; note
to point out or remark upon
to pay polite or interested attention to
to recognize or acknowledge (an acquaintance)
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin notitia fame, from nōtus known, celebrated
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Word Origin and History for noticing



early 15c., "information, intelligence," from Middle French notice (14c.), and directly from Latin notitia "a being known, celebrity, fame, knowledge," from notus "known," past participle of (g)noscere "come to know, to get to know, get acquainted (with)," from PIE *gno-sko-, a suffixed form of root *gno- (see know). Sense of "formal warning" is attested from 1590s. Meaning "a sign giving information" is from 1805.


early 15c., "to notify," from notice (n.). Sense of "to point out" is from 1620s. Meaning "to take notice of" is attested from 1757, but was long execrated in England as an Americanism (occasionally as a Scottishism, the two offenses not being clearly distinguished). Ben Franklin noted it as one of the words (along with verbal uses of progress and advocate) that seemed to him to have become popular in America while he was absent in France during the Revolution. Related: Noticed; noticing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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