Meaning of inform

inform




To inform is to tell someone news, pass on wisdom, leak gossip, or give instruction. You’ve been informed that you won the raffle at the county fair. What are you going to do with all that cheese?

The Latin verb infōrmāre means “to form or shape.” The idea of passing on knowledge came about in the 14th Century, with the meaning of “teaching or instructing” coming later. Thomas Jefferson, who believed democracy to be impossible without informed citizens, said, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

Definitions of inform
  1. verb

    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

    “I
    informed him of his rights”
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    wise up

    cause someone to become aware of something
    instruct, learn, teach

    impart skills or knowledge to
    apprise, apprize, instruct

    make aware of
    inoculate

    introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of
    acquaint

    inform
    warn

    notify, usually in advance
    fill in

    supply with information on a specific topic
    update

    bring up to date; supply with recent information
    misinform, mislead

    give false or misleading information to
    downplay, minimise, minimize, understate

    represent as less significant or important
    betray, denounce, give away, grass, rat, shop, snitch, stag, tell on

    give away information about somebody
    undeceive

    free from deception or illusion
    warn

    notify of danger, potential harm, or risk
    advise, apprise, apprize, give notice, notify, send word

    inform (somebody) of something
    acquaint, familiarise, familiarize

    make familiar or conversant with
    cue, prompt, remind

    assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned
    volunteer

    tell voluntarily
    acquaint, introduce, present

    cause to come to know personally
    regret

    express with regret
    designate, indicate, point, show

    indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
    indicate

    to state or express briefly
    indicate, suggest

    suggest the necessity of an intervention; in medicine
    nark

    inform or spy (for the police)
    explain, explicate

    make plain and comprehensible
    tell

    let something be known
    narrate, recite, recount, tell

    narrate or give a detailed account of
    narrate

    provide commentary for a film, for example
    account, describe, report

    to give an account or representation of in words
    report

    make known to the authorities
    cover, report

    be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism
    announce, denote

    make known; make an announcement
    disabuse

    free somebody (from an erroneous belief)
    point out, remonstrate

    present and urge reasons in opposition
    bear witness, evidence, prove, show, testify

    provide evidence for
    develop, educate, prepare, train

    create by training and teaching
    indoctrinate

    teach doctrines to; teach uncritically
    drill

    teach by repetition
    direct

    give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
    digress, divagate, stray, wander

    lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking
    catechise, catechize

    give religious instructions to
    reinforce, reward

    strengthen and support with rewards
    spoonfeed

    teach without challenging the students
    attest, certify, demonstrate, evidence, manifest

    provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one’s behavior, attitude, or external attributes
    represent

    point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance
    induct

    introduce or initiate
    mentor

    serve as a teacher or trusted counselor
    tutor

    be a tutor to someone; give individual instruction
    unteach

    cause to disbelieve; teach someone the contrary of what he or she had learned earlier
    unteach

    cause to unlearn
    ground

    instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject
    lecture, talk

    deliver a lecture or talk
    brief

    give essential information to someone
    coach, train

    teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports
    lie

    tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive
    beat around the bush, equivocate, palter, prevaricate, tergiversate

    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
    amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate

    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
    trivialise, trivialize

    make trivial or insignificant
    sandbag

    downplay one’s ability (towards others) in a game in order to deceive, as in gambling
    denounce

    announce the termination of, as of treaties
    betray, deceive, lead astray

    cause someone to believe an untruth
    forewarn, previse

    warn in advance or beforehand; give an early warning
    admonish, caution, monish

    warn strongly; put on guard
    threaten

    to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:”He threatened me when I tried to call the police”
    alarm, alert

    warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness
    orient

    familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances
    verse

    familiarize through thorough study or experience
    reacquaint

    familiarize anew
    get into

    familiarize oneself thoroughly with
    re-introduce, reintroduce

    introduce anew
    present

    formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
    meld

    announce for a score; of cards in a card game
    bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal

    be a signal for or a symptom of
    read, record, register, show

    indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
    point

    indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle
    finger

    indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments
    call attention, point out, signalise, signalize

    point out carefully and clearly
    break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap

    make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
    sell out

    give information that compromises others
    interpret, rede

    give an interpretation or explanation to
    account for

    give reasons for
    naturalize

    explain with reference to nature
    clarify, clear up, elucidate

    make clear and (more) comprehensible
    spill, talk

    reveal information
    relate

    give an account of
    crack

    tell spontaneously
    yarn

    tell or spin a yarn
    rhapsodise, rhapsodize

    recite a rhapsody
    evidence, tell

    give evidence
    air, bare, publicise, publicize

    make public
    ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell

    to say, state, or perform again
    report

    announce one’s presence
    report

    announce as the result of an investigation or experience or finding
    propagandise, propagandize

    subject to propaganda
    announce, annunciate, foretell, harbinger, herald

    foreshadow or presage
    blazon out, cry

    proclaim or announce in public
    trump, trump out

    proclaim or announce with or as if with a fanfare
    blare out, blat out

    announce loudly
    call out

    call out loudly, as of names or numbers
    advertise, advertize, publicise, publicize

    call attention to
    edify, enlighten

    make understand
    post

    publicize with, or as if with, a poster
    presume

    constitute reasonable evidence for
    abduce, adduce, cite

    advance evidence for
    comment

    explain or interpret something
    signify

    make known with a word or signal
    bring out, introduce

    bring before the public for the first time, as of an actor, song, etc.
    call

    indicate a decision in regard to
    fear

    be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement
    reflect

    manifest or bring back
    sound

    announce by means of a sound
    give, impart, leave, pass on

    transmit (knowledge or skills)
    condition

    establish a conditioned response
    type of:

    communicate, intercommunicate

    transmit thoughts or feelings

  2. verb

    act as an informer

    “She had
    informed on her own parents for years”
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    evidence, tell

    give evidence

  3. verb

    give character or essence to

    “The principles that
    inform modern teaching”
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    type of:

    alter, change, modify

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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