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Definition of inform verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    inform

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ɪnˈfɔrm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inform
     
    he / she / it informs
     
    past simple informed
     
    -ing form informing
     
     
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  1. 1 to tell someone about something, especially in an official way inform somebody (of/about something) Please inform us of any changes of address. The leaflet informs customers about healthy eating. He went to inform them of his decision. Inform me at once if there are any changes in her condition. Have the police been informed? inform somebody that… I have been reliably informed (= someone I trust has told me) that the couple will marry next year. A notice informed the guests that formal dress was required. I am pleased to inform you that you have won first prize in this month's competition. inform somebody + speech “He already left,” she informed us. inform somebody when, where, etc… I have not been informed when the ceremony will take place.
  2. 2 inform yourself (of/about something) to find out information about something We need time to inform ourselves thoroughly about the problem.
  3. 3inform something (formal) to have an influence on something Religion informs every aspect of their lives. These guidelines will be used to inform any future decisions.
  4. Phrasal Verbsinform on somebody
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