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INFORM', v.t. [L. informo, to shape; in and formo, forma, form.]

Properly, to give form or shape to, but in this sense not used.

1. To animate; to give life to; to actuate by vital powers.

Let others better mold the running mass

Of metals, and inform the breathing brass.

Breath informs this fleeting frame.

--Breathes in our soul, informs our vital part.

[This use is chiefly or wholly poetical.]

2. To instruct; to tell to; to acquaint; to communicate knowledge to; to make known to by word or writing; usually followed by of. Before we judge, we should be well informed of the facts relating to the case. A messenger arrived and informed the commander of the state of the troops. Letters from Europe inform us of the commencement of hostilities between the Persians and Turks.

3. To communicate a knowledge of facts to one by way of accusation.

Tertullus informed the governor against Paul. Acts.24.

In this application the verb is usually intransitive; as, A informed against B.

INFORM', v.i. To give intelligence.

He might either teach in the same manner, or inform how he had been taught--

To inform against, to communicate facts by way of accusation; to give intelligence of a breach of law. Two persons came to the magistrate, and informed against A.

INFORM', a. [L. informis.] Without regular form; shapeless; ugly.




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INFORM', v.t. [L. informo, to shape; in and formo, forma, form.]

Properly, to give form or shape to, but in this sense not used.

1. To animate; to give life to; to actuate by vital powers.

Let others better mold the running mass

Of metals, and inform the breathing brass.

Breath informs this fleeting frame.

--Breathes in our soul, informs our vital part.

[This use is chiefly or wholly poetical.]

2. To instruct; to tell to; to acquaint; to communicate knowledge to; to make known to by word or writing; usually followed by of. Before we judge, we should be well informed of the facts relating to the case. A messenger arrived and informed the commander of the state of the troops. Letters from Europe inform us of the commencement of hostilities between the Persians and Turks.

3. To communicate a knowledge of facts to one by way of accusation.

Tertullus informed the governor against Paul. Acts.24.

In this application the verb is usually intransitive; as, A informed against B.

INFORM', v.i. To give intelligence.

He might either teach in the same manner, or inform how he had been taught--

To inform against, to communicate facts by way of accusation; to give intelligence of a breach of law. Two persons came to the magistrate, and informed against A.

INFORM', a. [L. informis.] Without regular form; shapeless; ugly.


IN-FORM', a. [L. informis.]

Without regular form; shapeless; ugly.


IN-FORM', v.i.

To give intelligence. – Shak. 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; to give intelligence of a breach of law. Two persons came to the magistrate, and informed against A.


IN-FORM', v.t. [Fr. informer; Sp. informar; It. informare; L. informo, to shape; in and formo, forma, form.]

  1. Properly, to give form or shape to, but in this sense not used.
  2. To animate; to give life to; to actuate by vital powers. Let others better mold the running mass / Of metals, and inform the breathing brass. Dryden. Breath informs this fleeting frame. Breathes in our soul, informs our vital part. Pope. [This use is chiefly or wholly poetical.]
  3. To instruct; to tell to; to acquaint; to communicate knowledge to; to make known to by word or writing; usually followed by of. Before we judge, we should be well informed of the facts relating to the case. A messenger arrived and informed the commander of the state of the troops. Letters from Europe inform us of the commencement of hostilities between the Persians and Turks.
  4. To communicate a knowledge of facts to one by way of accusation. Tertullus informed the governor against Paul. – Acts xxiv. In this application the verb is usually intransitive; as, A. informed against B.

In*form"
  1. Without regular form; shapeless; ugly; deformed.

    Cotton.
  2. 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.

    "The informing Word." Coleridge.

    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.

  3. To take form; to become visible or manifest; to appear.

    [Obs.]

    It is the bloody business which informs
    Thus to mine eyes.
    Shak.

  4. 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.

  5. To give intelligence or information; to tell.

    Shak.

    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.

  6. To communicate a knowledge of facts to, by way of accusation; to warn against anybody.

    Tertullus . . . informed the governor against Paul. Acts xxiv. 1.

    Syn. -- To acquaint; apprise; tell; teach; instruct; enlighten; animate; fashion.

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Inform

INFORM', verb transitive [Latin informo, to shape; in and formo, forma, form.]

Properly, to give form or shape to, but in this sense not used.

1. To animate; to give life to; to actuate by vital powers.

Let others better mold the running mass

Of metals, and inform the breathing brass.

Breath informs this fleeting frame.

--Breathes in our soul, informs our vital part.

[This use is chiefly or wholly poetical.]

2. To instruct; to tell to; to acquaint; to communicate knowledge to; to make known to by word or writing; usually followed by of. Before we judge, we should be well informed of the facts relating to the case. A messenger arrived and informed the commander of the state of the troops. Letters from Europe inform us of the commencement of hostilities between the Persians and Turks.

3. To communicate a knowledge of facts to one by way of accusation.

Tertullus informed the governor against Paul. Acts 24:1.

In this application the verb is usually intransitive; as, A informed against B.

INFORM', verb intransitive To give intelligence.

He might either teach in the same manner, or inform how he had been taught--

To inform against, to communicate facts by way of accusation; to give intelligence of a breach of law. Two persons came to the magistrate, and informed against adjective

INFORM', adjective [Latin informis.] Without regular form; shapeless; ugly.

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