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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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  • Once they're finished, they'll notify you by email and post the images and the report on their website.
  • While hiking, make noise to notify bears of your presence.
  • notify your bank or credit card company before you set off.
  • We ask that couriers be sent to all the departments to notify them of the decrees that you proclaim here.
  • Also able to notify of local quakes at a much lower threshold.
  • Check for tweets that notify you of the daily lunchtime location, the time of arrival, and the panini selection of the day.
  • But more importantly, the agencies have a duty to notify the market when default is imminent.
  • First, landlords should be required to notify their renters when their property is facing foreclosure.
  • But they notify other organisms of danger and opportunity, and also function as methods of plant-plant communication.
  • The function of pain is to notify the organism of harm.
British Dictionary definitions for notify


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 notify

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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