From Middle English informen, enformen, from Old French enformer, informer (“to train, instruct, inform”), from Latin informare (“to shape, form, train, instruct, educate”), from in- (“into”) + forma (“form, shape”), equivalent to in- + form.
- enform (obsolete)
- (archaic, transitive) To instruct, train (usually in matters of knowledge).
- (transitive) To communicate knowledge to.
- For he would learn their business secretly, / And then inform his master hastily.
- I am informed thoroughly of the cause.
- (intransitive) To impart information or knowledge.
- To act as an informer; denounce.
- (transitive) To give form or character to; to inspire (with a given quality); to affect, influence (with a pervading principle, idea etc.).
2013 June 7, Gary Younge, “Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 18:
- WikiLeaks did not cause these uprisings but it certainly informed them. The dispatches revealed details of corruption and kleptocracy that many Tunisians suspected, but could not prove, and would cite as they took to the streets.
- His sense of religion informs everything he writes.
- Let others better mould the running mass / Of metals, and inform the breathing brass.
- Breath informs this fleeting frame.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To make known, wisely and/or knowledgeably.
- (obsolete, transitive) To direct, guide.
- (archaic, intransitive) To take form; to become visible or manifest; to appear.
- It is the bloody business which informs / Thus to mine eyes.
- (communicate knowledge to (trans.)): acquaint, apprise, notify
- (act as informer): dob, name names, peach, snitch
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inform (not comparable)
- Without regular form; shapeless; ugly; deformed.
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