Definitions for inform
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word inform.
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
"I informed him of his rights"
give character or essence to
"The principles that inform modern teaching"
act as an informer
"She had informed on her own parents for years"
To instruct, train (usually in matters of knowledge)
To communicate knowledge to (an)other(s).
To impart information or knowledge.
To act as an informer; denounce.
To give form or character to; to inspire (with a given quality); to affect, influence (with a pervading principle, idea etc.).
His sense of religion informs everything he writes.
To make known, wisely and/or knowledgeably.
To direct, guide.
Etymology: From informen, enformen, from enformer, informer, from informare, from in- + forma, equivalent to.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: informer, Fr. informo, Latin.
All alike inform'd
With radiant light, as glowing ir'n with fire. John Milton.
Let others better mold the running mass
Of metals, and inform the breathing brass;
And soften into flesh a marble face. John Dryden, Æn.
As from chaos, huddl'd and deform'd,
The god struck fire, and lighted up the lamps
That beautify the sky; so he inform'd
This ill-shap'd body with a daring soul. John Dryden, Oed.
Breath informs this fleeting frame. Matthew Prior.
This sovereign arbitrary soul
Informs, and moves, and animates the whole. Richard Blackmore.
While life informs these limbs, the king reply'd,
Well to deserve be all my cares employ'd. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.
The drift is to inform their minds with some method of reducing the laws into their original causes. Richard Hooker.
I have this present evening from my sister
Been well informed of them, and with cautions. William Shakespeare.
Our ruin, by thee inform'd, I learn. John Milton.
The long speeches rather confounded than informed his understanding. Edward Hyde.
The difficulty arises not from what sense informs us of, but from wrong applying our notions. Digby.
Though I may not be able to inform men more than they know, yet I may give them the occasion to consider. William Temple.
The ancients examined in what consists the beauty of good postures, as their works sufficiently inform us. Dryden.
He may be ignorant of these truths, who will never take the pains to employ his faculties to inform himself of them. John Locke.
To understand his calling in the commonwealth, and of religion, is enough to take up his time: few inform themselves in these to the bottom. John Locke.
A more proper opportunity tends to make the narration more informing or beautiful. William Broome, Notes on the Iliad.
I think it necessary, for the interest of virtue and religion, that the whole kingdom should be informed in some parts of your character. Jonathan Swift.
Tertullus informed the governor against Paul. Acts xxvi. 1.
It is the bloody business which informs
Thus to mine eyes. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Inform is a programming language and design system for interactive fiction originally created in 1993 by Graham Nelson. Inform can generate programs designed for the Z-code or Glulx virtual machines. Versions 1 through 5 were released between 1993 and 1996. Around 1996, Nelson rewrote Inform from first principles to create version 6 (or Inform 6). Over the following decade, version 6 became reasonably stable and a popular language for writing interactive fiction. In 2006, Nelson released Inform 7 (briefly known as Natural Inform), a completely new language based on principles of natural language and a new set of tools based around a book-publishing metaphor.
To inform means to give someone facts or information, telling them something they did not already know. It can also refer to updating or educating someone on a particular topic or context.
without regular form; shapeless; ugly; deformed
to give form or share to; to give vital ororganizing power to; to give life to; to imbue and actuate with vitality; to animate; to mold; to figure; to fashion
to communicate knowledge to; to make known to; to acquaint; to advise; to instruct; to tell; to notify; to enlighten; -- usually followed by of
to communicate a knowledge of facts to,by way of accusation; to warn against anybody
to take form; to become visible or manifest; to appear
to give intelligence or information; to tell
Etymology: [L. informis; pref. in- not + forma form, shape: cf. F. informe]
Inform is a programming language and design system for interactive fiction originally created in 1993 by Graham Nelson. Inform can generate programs designed for the Z-code or Glulx virtual machines. Versions 1 through 5 were released between 1993 and 1996. Around 1996, Nelson rewrote Inform from first principles to create version 6. Over the following decade, version 6 became reasonably stable and a popular language for writing interactive fiction. In 2006, Nelson released Inform 7, a completely new language based on principles of natural language and a new set of tools based around a book-publishing metaphor.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in-form′, v.t. to give form to: to animate or give life to: to impart knowledge to: to tell: (Milt.) to direct.—v.i. (Shak.) to take shape or form: to give information (with against or on).—adj. Inform′al, not in proper form: irregular.—n. Informal′ity.—adv. Inform′ally.—ns. Inform′ant, one who informs or gives intelligence; Informā′tion, intelligence given: knowledge: an accusation given to a magistrate or court.—adjs. Inform′ative, having power to form: instructive; Inform′atory, instructive; Informed′ (Spens.), unformed: (astron.) of stars not included within the figures of any of the ancient constellations.—n. Inform′er, one who informs against another. [O. Fr.,—L. informāre—in, into, formāre, to form.]
To communicate or share information or knowledge.
They did inform the government of their choices.
Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2020
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'inform' in Verbs Frequency: #380
The numerical value of inform in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of inform in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Its not the responsibility of a resort, of my clients, to give out that information, its the responsibility of the U.S. State Department to give out that data. When someone dies on resort property, we inform the embassy of that persons country. Its the embassys role to inform its citizens, to give them the data, not ours.
Has anyone supposed it lucky to be born? I hasten to inform him or her that it is just as lucky to die, and I know it.
Our job is to inform, inform, inform, inform, and really help moms understand that they can be part of this and that it's a way to contribute, we always say at Postpartum Progress that our job is to reach down and pull our sisters up. We will not leave any mom behind.
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
I implore people to really inform yourself about who the candidates are, inform yourself of what their positions are.
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- informieren, denunzierenGerman
- instruire, informer, dénoncerFrench
- tájékoztat, informál, közölHungarian
- 告げる, 教えるJapanese
- ئاگادان, تێگهیاندنKurdish
- whakamōhio, whakaatuMāori
- verklikken, inlichten, voorlichten, informerenDutch
- meddela, upplysa, informeraSwedish
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