- To inform is defined as to tell, give knowledge or information.
An example of to inform is someone telling a friend what time they'll arrive.
inform definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete to give form to
- to give character to; be the formative principle of
- to give or inspire with some specific quality or character
- Rare to form or shape (the mind); teach; instruct
- to give knowledge of something to; tell; acquaint with a fact, etc.
Origin: Middle English informen ; from Old French enformer ; from Classical Latin informare: see in- and amp; form
- to give information
- to give information laying blame or accusation upon another
Origin: French informe ; from Classical Latin informis
inform definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb in·formed, in·form·ing, in·forms verb, transitive
- a. To impart information to; make aware of something: We were informed by mail of the change in plans. The nurse informed me that visiting hours were over.b. To acquaint (oneself) with knowledge of a subject.
- To give form or character to; imbue with a quality or an essence: “A society's strength is measured by . . . its ability to inform a future generation with its moral standards” (Vanity Fair).
- To be a pervasive presence in; animate: “It is this brash, backroom sensibility that informs his work as a novelist” (Jeff Shear).
- Obsolete To form (the mind or character) by teaching or training.
- To give or provide information.
- To disclose confidential or incriminating information to an authority: The defendant informed against the other members of the ring.
Origin: Middle English enfourmen, informen, from Old French enfourmer, from Latin īnfōrmāre : in-, in; see in-2 + fōrmāre, to fashion (from fōrma, form).