- 1 to tell somebody 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 (= somebody 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's already left,’ she informed us. inform somebody when, where, etc… I have not been informed when the ceremony will take place.
- 2inform yourself (of/about something) to find out information about something We need time to inform ourselves thoroughly of the problem.
- 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. Word Origin Middle English enforme, informe ‘give form or shape to’, also ‘form the mind of, teach’, from Old French enfourmer, from Latin informare
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɔːm//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɔːrm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inform
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɔːm//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɔːrm//he / she / it informs
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɔːmz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɔːrmz//past simple informed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɔːmd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɔːrmd//past participle informed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɔːmd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɔːrmd//-ing form informing
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɔːmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɔːrmɪŋ//