Inform definition

ĭn-fôrm
To give information.
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(rare) To form or shape (the mind); teach; instruct.
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(obsolete) To form (the mind or character) by teaching or training.
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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.

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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.

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To acquaint (oneself) with knowledge of a subject.
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To give form or character to; imbue with a quality or an essence.
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To be a formative or characterizing presence in; animate.
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To give or provide information.
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To disclose confidential or incriminating information to an authority.

The defendant informed against the other members of the ring.

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To give knowledge of something to; tell; acquaint with a fact, etc.
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(obs.) To give form to.
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To give character to; be the formative principle of.
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To give information laying blame or accusation upon another.
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(archaic) Without form; formless.
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To give or inspire with some specific quality or character.
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(archaic) To instruct, train (usually in matters of knowledge).
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(intransitive) To impart information or knowledge.
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To act as an informer; denounce.
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To give form or character to; to inspire (with a given quality); to affect, influence (with a pervading principle, idea etc.).
  • Dryden.
    Let others better mould the running mass / Of metals, and inform the breathing brass.
  • Prior.
    Breath informs this fleeting frame.

His sense of religion informs everything he writes.

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Without regular form; shapeless; ugly; deformed.

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Origin of inform

  • Middle English enfourmen, informen from Old French enfourmer from Latin īnfōrmāre in- in in–2 fōrmāre to fashion (from fōrma form)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin informis

    From Wiktionary