Inform

Definition of Inform

In`form´
a.1.Without regular form; shapeless; ugly; deformed.
v. t.1.To give form or share to; to give vital or organizing power to; to give life to; to imbue and actuate with vitality; to animate; to mold; to figure; to fashion.
[imp. & p. p. Informed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Informing.]
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 thoroughly 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.
1.To take form; to become visible or manifest; to appear.
It is the bloody business which informs
Thus to mine eyes.
- Shak.
2.To give intelligence or information; to tell.
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.

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