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v. in·formed, in·form·ing, in·forms
a. To impart information to; make aware of something: We were informed by mail of the change in plans. The nurse informed me that visiting hours were over.
b. To acquaint (oneself) with knowledge of a subject.
a. To give form or character to; imbue with a quality or an essence: "A society's strength is measured by ... its ability to inform a future generation with its moral standards" (Vanity Fair).
b. To be a formative or characterizing presence in; animate: "It is this brash, backroom sensibility that informs his work as a novelist" (Jeff Shear).
3. Obsolete To form (the mind or character) by teaching or training.
1. To give or provide information.
2. To disclose confidential or incriminating information to an authority: The defendant informed against the other members of the ring.

[Middle English enfourmen, informen, from Old French enfourmer, from Latin īnfōrmāre : in-, in; see in-2 + fōrmāre, to fashion (from fōrma, form).]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.informing - to furnish incriminating evidence to an officer of the law (usually in return for favors)
disclosure, revealing, revelation - the speech act of making something evident
2.informing - a speech act that conveys informationinforming - a speech act that conveys information
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
apprisal, notification, telling - informing by words
divine revelation, revelation - communication of knowledge to man by a divine or supernatural agency
intro, introduction, presentation - formally making a person known to another or to the public
briefing - detailed instructions, as for a military operation
report, account - the act of informing by verbal report; "he heard reports that they were causing trouble"; "by all accounts they were a happy couple"
warning - a message informing of danger; "a warning that still more bombs could explode"
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Just as the dagger is at his heart, a lovely song is sung under his window, informing him that Zara is true but in danger, and he can save her if he will.
In this time we daily expected the arrival of the Indian army; and at length, one of my fellow prisoners, escaping from them, arrived, informing us that the enemy had an account of my departure, and postponed their expedition three weeks.
At this time, Anna,* my intended wife, came on; for I wrote to her immediately after my arrival at New York, (notwithstanding my homeless, houseless, and helpless condition,) informing her of my successful flight, and wishing her to come on forthwith.
You could have hit on no surer way of fixing your residence under my roof for the next twenty-four hours than informing me that such an event would follow.
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