Definition of Inform

1. Verb. Impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to. "I informed him of his rights"

2. Verb. Give character or essence to. "The principles that inform modern teaching"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify

3. Verb. Act as an informer. "She had informed on her own parents for years"
Specialized synonyms: Evidence, Tell
Derivative terms: Informer, Informing

Definition of Inform

1. a. Without regular form; shapeless; ugly; deformed.

2. v. t. To give form or share to; to give vital or organizing power to; to give life to; to imbue and actuate with vitality; to animate; to mold; to figure; to fashion.

3. v. t. To take form; to become visible or manifest; to appear.

Definition of Inform

1. Verb. (archaic transitive) To instruct, train (usually in matters of knowledge) ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To communicate knowledge to (an)other(s). ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To impart information or knowledge. ¹

4. Verb. To act as an informer; denounce. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To give form or character to; to inspire (with a given quality); to affect, influence (with a pervading principle, idea etc.). ¹

6. Verb. (obsolete intransitive) To make known, wisely and/or knowledgeably. ¹

7. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To direct, guide. ¹

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Definition of Inform

1. to supply with information [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Inform

1. 1. To take form; to become visible or manifest; to appear. "It is the bloody business which informs Thus to mine eyes." (Shak) 2. To give intelligence or information; to tell. "He might either teach in the same manner,or inform how he had been taught." (Monthly Rev) To inform against, to communicate facts by way of accusation against; to denounce; as, two persons came to the magistrate, and informed against A. 1. To give form or share to; to give vital ororganising power to; to give life to; to imbue and actuate with vitality; to animate; to mold; to figure; to fashion. ""The informing Word."" (Coleridge) "Let others better mold the running mass Of metals, and inform the breathing brass." (Dryden) "Breath informs this fleeting frame." (Prior) "Breathes in our soul,informs our mortal part." (Pope) 2. To communicate knowledge to; to make known to; to acquaint; to advise; to instruct; to tell; to notify; to enlighten; usually followed by of. "For he would learn their business secretly, And then inform his master hastily." (Spenser) "I am informed thoroughky of the cause." (Shak) 3. To communicate a knowledge of facts to,by way of accusation; to warn against anybody. "Tertullus . . . Informed the governor against Paul." (Acts xxiv. 1) Synonym: To acquaint, apprise, tell, teach, instruct, enlighten, animate, fashion. Origin: OE. Enformen, OF. Enformer, F. Informer. L. Informare; pref. In- in + formare to form, share, fr. Forma form. See Form. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Inform

inform (current term)
informal fallacy
informal logic

Literary usage of Inform

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1862)
"Can any one of.your readers, having access to old county maps or surveys of Lancashire, inform me at how early a date the name of ..."

2. Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World by Jonathan Swift (1894)
"BEFORE I proceed to give an account of my leaving this Kingdom, it may be proper to inform the Reader of a private Intrigue which had been for Two months ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1909)
"And, if any issue has by any means been eliminated, it is the duty of the judge to so inform the jury. The attention of the jury may be called to the ..."

4. Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (1895)
"parish be visited, and what persons be sick, and of what diseases, as near as they can inform themselves, and, upon doubt in that case, to command restraint ..."

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