verb (used with object), no·ti·fied, no·ti·fy·ing.
- to inform (someone) or give notice to: to notify the police of a crime.
- Chiefly British. to make known; give information of: The sale was notified in the newspapers.
- denoting certain infectious diseases of humans, such as smallpox and tuberculosis, outbreaks of which must be reported to the public health authorities
- denoting certain infectious diseases of animals, such as BSE, foot-and-mouth disease, and rabies, outbreaks of which must be reported to the appropriate veterinary authority
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
- to inform; tell
- mainly British to draw attention to; make known; announce
v.late 14c., from Old French notefiier “make known, inform, apprise” (13c.), from Latin notificare “to make known, notify,” from Latin notus “known” (see notice (n.)) + root of facere “make, do” (see factitious). Related: Notified; notifying.