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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)

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.

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."