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notify

[noh-tuh-fahy] /ˈnoʊ təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), notified, notifying.
1.
to inform (someone) or give notice to:
to notify the police of a crime.
2.
Chiefly British. to make known; give information of:
The sale was notified in the newspapers.
Origin of notify
1325-1375
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
Synonyms
1. apprise, advise, tell.
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  • He said to-morrow, but he said he would come and notify us of the time.

  • notify the full four-shift crew--everybody we've picked out.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • He said that he was not familiar with the law, but would examine it and notify the President.

    Ulysses S. Grant Walter Allen
  • All right, then, I'll notify the girls, and call a meeting to elect a captain.

  • A few shots were fired during the night, and fires blazed on the hills to notify, to Omdurman, our precise position.

British Dictionary definitions for notify

notify

/ˈnəʊtɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to inform; tell
2.
(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
v.

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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