notify

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English notifien, a borrowing from Old French notifier, notefiier.[1]

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Verb[edit]

notify (third-person singular simple present notifies, present participle notifying, simple past and past participle notified)

  1. (transitive) To give (someone) notice (of some event). [mid-15c.]
    The dispatcher immediately notified the volunteer fire department of the emergency call.
    Once a decision has been reached and notified to the parties it becomes binding.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To make (something) known. [late 14c.] [2] [3]
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To make note of (something).[2]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)

Usage notes[edit]

As illustrated by the two examples of use, the direct object of the verb can either be the party to which notice is given, or the event of which notice is given.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ notify” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 notify in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  3. ^ notify in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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