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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inform mean? 

INFORM (verb)
  The verb INFORM has 3 senses:

1. impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
2. give character or essence to
3. act as an informer

  Familiarity information: INFORM used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

INFORM (verb)

Sense 1inform [BACK TO TOP]


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

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

I informed him of his rights

Hypernyms (to "inform" is one way to...):

communicate; intercommunicate (transmit thoughts or feelings)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "inform"):

wise up (cause someone to become aware of something)

regret (be sorry)

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)

acquaint; introduce; present (cause to come to know personally)

volunteer (tell voluntarily)

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)

inform (act as an informer)

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; shit; 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 acquainted)

cue; prompt; remind (assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP

Sense 2inform [BACK TO TOP]


Give character or essence to

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The principles that inform modern teaching

Hypernyms (to "inform" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sense 3inform [BACK TO TOP]


Act as an informer

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

She had informed on her own parents for years

Hypernyms (to "inform" is one way to...):

inform (impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "inform"):

evidence; tell (give evidence)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

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