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If you inform someone of something, you tell them about it.
Inform is often followed by a 'that'-clause.
You do not usually omit that after inform. You do not say, for example, 'I informed her I was unwell'.
Inform is a fairly formal word. In conversation, you usually use tell.
Past participle: informed
|Verb||1.||inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"|
wise up - cause someone to become aware of something
communicate, intercommunicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"
instruct, teach, learn - impart skills or knowledge to; "I taught them French"; "He instructed me in building a boat"
inoculate - introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of; "My teachers inoculated me with their beliefs"
acquaint - inform; "Please acquaint your colleagues of your plans to move"
warn - notify, usually in advance; "I warned you that I would ask some difficult questions"
inform - act as an informer; "She had informed on her own parents for years"
fill in - supply with information on a specific topic; "He filled me in on the latest developments"
update - bring up to date; supply with recent information
tell on, snitch, stag, shop, denounce, give away, betray, grass, rat - give away information about somebody; "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"
undeceive - free from deception or illusion
warn - notify of danger, potential harm, or risk; "The director warned him that he might be fired"; "The doctor warned me about the dangers of smoking"
apprise, apprize, notify, send word, give notice, advise - inform (somebody) of something; "I advised him that the rent was due"
familiarise, familiarize, acquaint - make familiar or conversant with; "you should acquaint yourself with your new computer"; "We familiarized ourselves with the new surroundings"
cue, remind, prompt - assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned
volunteer - tell voluntarily; "He volunteered the information"
acquaint, introduce, present - cause to come to know personally; "permit me to acquaint you with my son"; "introduce the new neighbors to the community"
regret - express with regret; "I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard"
point, indicate, designate, show - indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively; "I showed the customer the glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he indicated his opponents"
indicate - to state or express briefly; "indicated his wishes in a letter"
suggest, indicate - suggest the necessity of an intervention; in medicine; "Tetracycline is indicated in such cases"
nark - inform or spy (for the police)
explain, explicate - make plain and comprehensible; "He explained the laws of physics to his students"
tell - let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"
recount, narrate, tell, recite - narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"
narrate - provide commentary for a film, for example
report, describe, account - to give an account or representation of in words; "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"
report - make known to the authorities; "One student reported the other to the principal"
report, cover - be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism; "Snow reported on China in the 1950's"; "The cub reporter covered New York City"
disabuse - free somebody (from an erroneous belief)
|2.||inform - give character or essence to; "The principles that inform modern teaching"|
|3.||inform - act as an informer; "She had informed on her own parents for years"|
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
"Never tell tales out of school"
to inform sb about or of sth → informar a algn sobre or de algo
I am pleased to inform you that → tengo el gusto de comunicarle que ...
keep me informed → téngame or manténgame al corriente
why was I not informed? → ¿por qué no me informaron or avisaron?
to inform o.s. about sth → informarse sobre algo
see also well-informed
They will inform us if there are any new developments → Ils nous informeront s'il y a de nouveaux développements.
to inform sb of sth → informer qn de qch
Nobody informed me of the new plan → Personne ne m'a informé de ce nouveau projet.
to inform sb about sth → informer qn sur qch
to inform sb (that) → informer qn que
see also informed