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VERB (3)

1. impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to;
- Example: "I informed him of his rights"

2. give character or essence to;
- Example: "The principles that inform modern teaching"

3. act as an informer;
- Example: "She had informed on her own parents for years"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inform \In*form"\, a. [L. informis; pref. in- not + forma form, shape: cf. F. informe] Without regular form; shapeless; ugly; deformed. --Cotton. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inform \In*form"\, v. t. 1. To take form; to become visible or manifest; to appear. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It is the bloody business which informs Thus to mine eyes. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To give intelligence or information; to tell. --Shak. [1913 Webster] He might either teach in the same manner, or inform how he had been taught. --Monthly Rev. [1913 Webster] To inform against, to communicate facts by way of accusation against; to denounce; as, two persons came to the magistrate, and informed against A. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inform \In*form"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Informed; p. pr. & vb. n. Informing.] [OE. enformen, OF. enformer, F. informer. L. informare; pref. in- in + formare to form, share, fr. forma form. See Form.] 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. "The informing Word." --Coleridge. [1913 Webster] Let others better mold the running mass Of metals, and inform the breathing brass. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Breath informs this fleeting frame. --Prior. [1913 Webster] Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] For he would learn their business secretly, And then inform his master hastily. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] I am informed thoroughly of the cause. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To communicate a knowledge of facts to, by way of accusation; to warn against anybody. [1913 Webster] Tertullus . . . informed the governor against Paul. --Acts xxiv. 1. Syn: To acquaint; apprise; tell; teach; instruct; enlighten; animate; fashion. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

inform v 1: impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights" 2: give character or essence to; "The principles that inform modern teaching" 3: act as an informer; "She had informed on her own parents for years"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

124 Moby Thesaurus words for "inform": acquaint, advertise, advertise of, advise, animate, announce, apprise, babble, be indiscreet, be unguarded, betray, betray a confidence, blab, blabber, blurt, blurt out, break the news, brief, bring word, broaden the mind, catechize, civilize, communicate, demonstrate, direct, disclose, divulge, due, edify, educate, embue, endow, endue, enlighten, enliven, exalt, exhilarate, familiarize, fill in, finger, fire, forewarn, give a report, give away, give instruction, give lessons in, give notice, give the facts, give tidings of, give word, ground, guide, identify, illuminate, illumine, imbue, impart, implicate, incriminate, infect, inform on, infuse, inject, inoculate, inspire, inspirit, instruct, keep posted, leak, leave word, leaven, let drop, let fall, let know, let slip, mention to, nark, notify, open the eyes, peach, permeate, pimp, post, rat, reeducate, rehearse, relate, report, reveal, reveal a secret, rumor, school, send word, serve notice, set right, sharpen the wits, show, show how, sing, snitch, snitch on, speak, spill, spill the beans, spirit, spirit up, squeak, squeal, stool, talk, tattle, tattle on, teach, teach a lesson, teach the rudiments, tell, tell on, tell secrets, tell tales, tip off, turn in, verse, warn, write up