Meaning of inform

in•form

Pronunciation: (in-fôrm'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to give or impart knowledge of a fact or circumstance to: He informed them of his arrival.
  2. to supply (oneself&hasp;) with knowledge of a matter or subject: She informed herself of all the pertinent facts.
  3. to give evident substance, character, or distinction to; pervade or permeate with manifest effect: A love of nature informed his writing.
  4. to animate or inspire.
    1. to train or instruct.
    2. to make known; disclose.
    3. to give or impart form to.
—v.i.
  1. to give information; supply knowledge or enlightenment: a magazine that entertains more than it informs.
  2. to furnish incriminating evidence about (someone) to an authority, prosecuting officer, etc.: He informed on his accomplices.

in•form

Pronunciation: (in-fôrm'), [key]
— adj. Obs.
  1. without form; formless.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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