Definitions for: Inform


[v] give character or essence to; "The principles that inform modern teaching"
[v] impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
[v] act as an informer; "She had informed on her own parents for years"



Webster (1913) Definition: In*form", a. [L. informis; pref. in- not + forma form,
shape: cf. F. informe]
Without regular form; shapeless; ugly; deformed. --Cotton.


In*form", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Informed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Informing.] [OE. enformen, OF. enformer, F. informer. L.
informare; pref. in- in + formare to form, share, fr. forma
form. See Form.]
1. 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.

``The informing Word.'' --Coleridge.

Let others better mold the running mass Of metals,
and inform the breathing brass. --Dryden.

Breath informs this fleeting frame. --Prior.

Breathes in our soul,informs our mortal part.
--Pope.

2. To communicate knowledge to; to make known to; to
acquaint; to advise; to instruct; to tell; to notify; to
enlighten; -- usually followed by of.

For he would learn their business secretly, And then
inform his master hastily. --Spenser.

I am informed thoroughky of the cause. --Shak.

3. To communicate a knowledge of facts to,by way of
accusation; to warn against anybody.

Tertullus . . . informed the governor against Paul.
--Acts xxiv.
1.

Syn: To acquaint; apprise; tell; teach; instruct; enlighten;
animate; fashion.


In*form", v. t.
1. To take form; to become visible or manifest; to appear.
[Obs.]

It is the bloody business which informs Thus to mine
eyes. --Shak.

2. To give intelligence or information; to tell. --Shak.

He might either teach in the same manner,or inform
how he had been taught. --Monthly Rev.

To inform against, to communicate facts by way of
accusation against; to denounce; as, two persons came to
the magistrate, and informed against A.

See Also: account, acquaint, advise, alter, announce, apprise, apprize, bear witness, betray, change, communicate, cover, cue, denote, denounce, describe, disabuse, downplay, evidence, explain, explicate, familiarise, familiarize, fill in, give away, give notice, grass, indicate, inform, inoculate, instruct, intercommunicate, introduce, learn, minimise, minimize, misinform, mislead, nark, narrate, notify, peach, point, point out, present, prompt, prove, rat, recite, recount, regret, remind, remonstrate, report, send word, shit, shop, show, snitch, spin, stag, suggest, teach, tell, tell on, testify, undeceive, understate, update, volunteer, warn, wise up

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