An example of to inform is someone telling a friend what time they'll arrive.
- Obs. 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 of informMiddle 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 of informFrench informe ; from Classical Latin informis
verbin·formed, in·form·ing, in·forms
- 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.
- a. To give form or character to; imbue with a quality or an essence: “A society's strength is measured by &ellipsis; its ability to inform a future generation with its moral standards” (Vanity Fair).b. To be a formative or characterizing 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 of informMiddle English enfourmen, informen, from Old French enfourmer, from Latin īnfōrmāre : in-, in; see in–2 + fōrmāre, to fashion (from fōrma, form).
(third-person singular simple present informs, present participle informing, simple past and past participle informed)
- (archaic) To instruct, train (usually in matters of knowledge).
- To communicate knowledge to.
- (intransitive) To impart information or knowledge.
- To act as an informer; denounce.
- To give form or character to; to inspire (with a given quality); to affect, influence (with a pervading principle, idea etc.).
- 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.
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.
- Without regular form; shapeless; ugly; deformed.