American English

Definition of notice noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    paying attention
  1. 1[uncountable] the fact of someone paying attention to someone or something or knowing about something Don't take any notice of what you read in the papers. Take no notice of what he says. These protests have really made the government sit up and take notice (= realize the importance of the situation). It was Susan who brought the problem to my notice (= told me about it). Normally, the letter would not have come to my notice (= I would not have known about it). (formal) It will not have escaped your notice that there have been some major changes in the company.
  2. giving information
  3. 2[countable] a sheet of paper giving written or printed information, usually put in a public place There was a notice on the board saying the class had been cancelled. A public notice about the planned development was pinned to the wall.
  4. 3[countable] a board or sign giving information, an instruction, or a warning a notice saying “Keep off the Grass”
  5. announcing something
  6. 4[countable] a small advertisement or announcement in a newspaper or magazine notices of births, marriages, and deaths
  7. 5[countable] a short announcement made at the beginning or end of a meeting, a church service, etc. There are just two notices this week.
  8. warning
  9. 6[uncountable] information or a warning given in advance of something that is going to happen She left without giving notice. Prices may be altered without notice. The bar is closed until further notice (= until you are told that it is open again). You are welcome to come and stay as long as you give us plenty of notice.
  10. when leaving job/house
  11. 7[uncountable] a formal letter or statement saying that you will or must leave your job or house at the end of a particular period of time He has handed in his notice. They gave her two weeks'notice. We received an eviction notice today.
  12. review of book/play
  13. 8[countable] a short article in a newspaper or magazine, giving an opinion about a book, play, etc. The play got good notices in the national press.
  14. Idioms
    on short notice, at a moment's notice
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    not long in advance; without warning or time for preparation This was the best room we could get on such short notice. You must be ready to leave at a moment's notice.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: notice