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in·for·mant

 (ĭn-fôr′mənt)
n.
1.
a. One that gives information.
b. One who informs against others; an informer.
2. One who furnishes linguistic or cultural information to a researcher.

informant

(ɪnˈfɔːmənt)
n
a person who gives information about a thing, a subject being studied, etc

in•form•ant

(ɪnˈfɔr mənt)

n.
1. a person who informs or gives information; informer.
2. a person who supplies social or cultural data in answer to the questions of an investigator.
3. a native speaker of a language who supplies utterances or other data for one analyzing or learning the language.
[1655–65; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.informant - a person who supplies informationinformant - a person who supplies information  
communicator - a person who communicates with others
betrayer, blabber, informer, squealer, rat - one who reveals confidential information in return for money
leaker - a surreptitious informant; "the president wanted to know who the leakers were"
passive source - an informant who is not assigned to obtain specific intelligence but who routinely passes on whatever information he or she has
whistle blower, whistleblower, whistle-blower - an informant who exposes wrongdoing within an organization in the hope of stopping it; "the law gives little protection to whistleblowers who feel the public has a right to know what is going on"; "the whistleblower was fired for exposing the conditions in mental hospitals"
2.informant - someone who sees an event and reports what happened
beholder, observer, perceiver, percipient - a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
attester, attestant - someone who affirms or vouches for the correctness or truth or genuineness of something
speaker, talker, verbaliser, verbalizer, utterer - someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous); "the speaker at commencement"; "an utterer of useful maxims"
deponent, deposer, testifier - a person who testifies or gives a deposition

informant

noun
One who gives incriminating information about others:
Informal: rat, tipster.
Translations
informátor-ka
meddeler
adatközlõinformátor
heimildamaîur, uppljóstrari
informátor
bilgi veren kimseihbarcı

informant

[ɪnˈfɔːmənt] Ninformante mf
my informantel que me lo dijo
who was your informant?¿quién se lo dijo?

informant

[ɪnˈfɔːrmənt] n
(gen)informateur/trice m/f
(= police informer) → indicateur/trice m/f

informant

n
Informant(in) m(f); according to my informant the book is out of printwie man mir mitteilt or berichtet, ist das Buch vergriffen
(police) informantPolizeispitzel m

informant

[ɪnˈfɔːmənt] ninformatore/trice

inform

(inˈfoːm) verb
1. to tell; to give knowledge to. Please inform me of your intentions in this matter; I was informed that you were absent from the office.
2. (with against or on) to tell facts to eg the police about (a criminal etc). He informed against his fellow thieves.
inˈformant noun
someone who tells or informs. He passed on the news to us, but would not say who his informant had been.
ˌinforˈmation noun
facts told or knowledge gained or given. Can you give me any information about this writer?; the latest information on the progress of the war; He is full of interesting bits of information.
inˈformative (-mətiv) adjective
giving useful information. an informative book.
inˈformer noun
a person who informs against a criminal etc.
ˌinformation ˌsuperˈhighway noun
a fast computer channel through which information, pictures etc are sent from one computer to another.
inforˈmation techˌnology noun
the study and use of electronic systems and computers for storing, analysing and utilizing information.
information does not have a plural: some information ; any information .
References in classic literature ?
At the long-house at which Barunda and Ninaka had halted, Muda Saffir learned all that had transpired, his informants being the two Dyaks who had led Bulan and his pack into the jungle.
I had entered her presence intending to condole with her upon the wickedness of the world, and help her to abuse the vicar and his vile informants, but now I felt positively ashamed to mention the subject, and determined not to refer to it, unless she led the way.
Young Fred Bullock, one of his chief informants, would have liked to make a bid for her himself (it was so the young banker expressed it), only he was booked to Maria Osborne.
There was indeed always one near him, though our informants had no conception of that watcher's strength and weapons, which were both shadowy and terrible.
Why, since it had been built, no less than four families that their informant could name had tried to buy it and failed.
Ere many minutes had elapsed, I was again on my feet, however, and again searching something--a resource, or at least an informant.
My informant said she could only put him off by pledging her word of honour to be prepared on their first meeting after that: when it was to be he didn't hear; but you urge Mr.
Twenty Eight,' returned my informant, speaking throughout in a low tone, and looking over his shoulder as we walked along the passage, to guard himself from being overheard, in such an unlawful reference to these Immaculates, by Creakle and the rest; 'Twenty Eight (also transportation) got a place, and robbed a young master of a matter of two hundred and fifty pounds in money and valuables, the night before they were going abroad.
I did not wish to seem too eager, or to let my informant know or guess too much, so thanking him in the usual manner, I strolled away.
I only repeat what I have been told, and like my informant I can do no more.
This, Captain Bonneville was assured by a veteran hunter in his company, was the great valley of the Seedske-dee; and the same informant would have fain persuaded him that a small stream, three feet deep, which he came to on the
I selected Sylvie as my informant, because from her I knew that I should at least get a sensible answer, unaccompanied by wriggle, titter, or other flourish of folly.

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