Definition of "inform" []

  • 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. (verb-transitive)
  • To acquaint (oneself) with knowledge of a subject. (verb-transitive)
  • 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). (verb-transitive)
  • To be a pervasive presence in; animate: "It is this brash, backroom sensibility that informs his work as a novelist” ( Jeff Shear). (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To form (the mind or character) by teaching or training. (verb-transitive)
  • To give information to; tell (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To make conversant (with) (verb)
  • To give information regarding criminals, as to the police, etc (verb)
  • To give form to (verb)
  • To impart some essential or formative characteristic to (verb)
  • To animate or inspire (verb)
  • To train or educate (verb)
  • To report (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "inform" in a sentence
  • "My favorite quote about the reason to inform is from Lady Murasaki's The Tale of Genji: Again and again, something in one's own life or around one will seem so important that one cannot bear for it to pass into oblivion."
  • "A inform from a collision scene, in a meantime, can be see!"
  • "But, did he inform is his bosses that he had rented out his house in Yangon to this company at a crazy ly high rent and taken money under the table too."