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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).]
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|Noun||1.||informing - to furnish incriminating evidence to an officer of the law (usually in return for favors)|
|2.||informing - a speech act that conveys information|
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
divine revelation, revelation - communication of knowledge to man by a divine or supernatural agency
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"