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.
Origin: From informen, enformen, from enformer, informer, from informare, from in- + forma, equivalent to .
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
Origin: [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.]
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
Examples of inform in a Sentence
We cannot inform whether there are more militants or not.
Let your resistance, judgements, angers and fears inform you.
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
I give a name to the press and they inform me, we save a lot of money that way.
It will inform us of not only how we work in San Francisco but around the world.
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- informieren, denunzierenGerman
- dénoncer, informer, instruireFrench
- közöl, tájékoztat, informálHungarian
- 告げる, 教えるJapanese
- تێگهیاندن, ئاگادانKurdish
- whakamōhio, whakaatuMāori
- voorlichten, informeren, verklikken, inlichtenDutch
- informera, upplysa, meddelaSwedish
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