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[ verb ] impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

Examples

"I informed him of his rights"

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

`` But I believe if people were better informed on this question , most_of them would oppose it also .

(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)

Just before game time , Robinson 's pretty wife , Connie informed him that an addition to the family can be expected late next summer .

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

Last week , when Royal was informed that three Longhorns were among the conference 's top four in rushing , he said : `` That won't last long '' .

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

Parents should be informed about this system and encouraged to do the same with the whole family at home .

(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

If Depew had told any academic psychologist that he had a weird feeling of having lived through that identical convention session at some time in the past , he would have been informed that he was a victim of deja_vu .

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[ verb ] give character or essence to

Examples

"The principles that inform modern teaching"

Used in print

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

It is not the details of Utopian communism that make Utopia modern , it is the spirit , the attitude of mind that informs those details .

Related terms

change

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[ verb ] act as an informer

Examples

"She had informed on her own parents for years"

Used in print

(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)

Now the detective must save his own skin by informing on the girl he loves , who is also the real murderer .

Related terms

tell informer

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