What does inform mean?

Definitions for inform
ɪnˈfɔrmin·form

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inform(verb)

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

    "I informed him of his rights"

  2. inform(verb)

    give character or essence to

    "The principles that inform modern teaching"

  3. inform(verb)

    act as an informer

    "She had informed on her own parents for years"

Wiktionary

  1. inform(Verb)

    To instruct, train (usually in matters of knowledge)

    Etymology: From informen, enformen, from enformer, informer, from informare, from in- + forma, equivalent to .

  2. inform(Verb)

    To communicate knowledge to (an)other(s).

    Etymology: From informen, enformen, from enformer, informer, from informare, from in- + forma, equivalent to .

  3. inform(Verb)

    To impart information or knowledge.

    Etymology: From informen, enformen, from enformer, informer, from informare, from in- + forma, equivalent to .

  4. inform(Verb)

    To act as an informer; denounce.

    Etymology: From informen, enformen, from enformer, informer, from informare, from in- + forma, equivalent to .

  5. inform(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From informen, enformen, from enformer, informer, from informare, from in- + forma, equivalent to .

  6. inform(Verb)

    To make known, wisely and/or knowledgeably.

    Etymology: From informen, enformen, from enformer, informer, from informare, from in- + forma, equivalent to .

  7. inform(Verb)

    To direct, guide.

    Etymology: From informen, enformen, from enformer, informer, from informare, from in- + forma, equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inform(adj)

    without regular form; shapeless; ugly; deformed

    Etymology: [L. informis; pref. in- not + forma form, shape: cf. F. informe]

  2. Inform(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [L. informis; pref. in- not + forma form, shape: cf. F. informe]

  3. Inform(verb)

    to communicate knowledge to; to make known to; to acquaint; to advise; to instruct; to tell; to notify; to enlighten; -- usually followed by of

    Etymology: [L. informis; pref. in- not + forma form, shape: cf. F. informe]

  4. Inform(verb)

    to communicate a knowledge of facts to,by way of accusation; to warn against anybody

    Etymology: [L. informis; pref. in- not + forma form, shape: cf. F. informe]

  5. Inform(verb)

    to take form; to become visible or manifest; to appear

    Etymology: [L. informis; pref. in- not + forma form, shape: cf. F. informe]

  6. Inform(verb)

    to give intelligence or information; to tell

    Etymology: [L. informis; pref. in- not + forma form, shape: cf. F. informe]

Freebase

  1. Inform

    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

  1. Inform

    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. informārein, into, formāre, to form.]

Editors Contribution

  1. inform

    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

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'inform' in Verbs Frequency: #380

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inform in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inform in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of inform in a Sentence

  1. Republican Governor Mike Pence:

    But I do bring my belief in the sanctity of life to that, and that will inform the way that I evaluate that, ultimately.

  2. Jake Basden:

    Out of courtesy, I personally texted Taylor Swift at 9:06 p.m, June 29 to inform her prior to the story breaking on the morning of June 30 so she could hear it directly from me.

  3. Sven Mary:

    Salah Abdeslam has asked me to inform you that he wishes to leave for France as quickly as possible.

  4. Liu Junhai:

    The stock exchange's enquiries are to protect the right of shareholders to information, acting in concert itself does not infringe the law but you need to inform the public and let shareholders decide whether the actions are good or bad and which side they want to take.

  5. Radha Iyengar Plumb:

    For a few, we simply dont think the recommendations are feasible given how we review content against our policies, but were looking at how we can address the underlining areas for additional transparency the group rightfully raises, we thank the Data Transparency Advisory Group for their time, their rigorous review and their thoughtful recommendations that will help inform our efforts as we enforce our standards and bring more transparency to this work.

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