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notice Syllabification: no·tice
Pronunciation: /ˈnōdəs/

Definition of notice in English:


1Attention; observation: their silence did not escape my notice it has come to our notice that you have been missing school
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  • Cases like these have not come to my notice but if there really are such instances, we will definitely take action.
  • Since then it has come to my notice how little is being done to make shopping easier for disabled people in the way of access to goods in some stores.
  • The word ‘despicable’ is mild in comparison with other descriptions that have come to my notice.
attention, observation, awareness, consciousness, perception;
regard, consideration, scrutiny;
2Notification or warning of something, especially to allow preparations to be made: interest rates are subject to fluctuation without notice
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  • We are looking forward to a good entry and hope this advance notice will allow producers of breeding sheep to get together a healthy entry.
  • The tenant charged the premises without giving notice, and allowed the specified date to pass without making the reconstruction.
  • That is, it's something that happened and could happen again without notice or warning.
notification, warning, advance warning, announcement;
information, news, communication, word
2.1A formal declaration of one’s intention to end an agreement, typically one concerning employment or tenancy, at a specified time: she handed in her notice
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  • If you leave before you get formal notice of redundancy, you are unlikely to be entitled to any statutory payment.
  • The employee was given his notice of redundancy on Friday, June 6.
  • During this time other managers at the centre also decided to leave voluntarily and gave notice to terminate their employment.
3A displayed sheet or placard giving news or information: the jobs were advertised in a notice posted in the common room
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  • Information notices will be attached to the bus stops in advance of the work so as to advise users of the temporary arrangements.
  • The college posted huge notices informing students and staff that there would be a three minute silence.
  • The shop posted a written notice informing its customers that no invalid bills will be accepted after July 1.
poster, bill, handbill, advertisement, announcement, bulletin;
flyer, leaflet, pamphlet;
sign, card
informal ad
3.1A small advertisement or announcement in a newspaper or magazine: an obituary notice
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  • I telephoned Chadwick's so that they could fax the obituary with the funeral notice to the newspapers.
  • The Warwickshire captain is used to reading his obituary notice in the columns of the national newspapers.
  • A reprint of the official notice appeared in the newspapers the next day.
3.2 (usually notices) A short published review or comment about a new film, play, or book: she had good notices in her first film
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  • Nationwide, Cason's book inspired reviews and notices in many leading newspapers and periodicals.
  • The latest volume in this series contains six original essays, a lengthy review article, and a number of book notices.
  • We all know how book blurbs and theatre notices can, by careful editing, turn critical comments into a rave review.
review, write-up, critique, criticism


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1Become aware of: he noticed the youths behaving suspiciously [with clause]: I noticed that she was looking tired [no object]: they were too drunk to notice
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  • He noticed the youth was wearing dark clothes and there was a helmet lying on the road.
  • He was trying to concentrate on each miserable step forward; and so he didn't notice the gang of youths until he'd bumped into one of them.
  • Deep in his thoughts, Luther did not notice the drunk that was approaching him.
1.1 (usually be noticed) Treat (someone) with some degree of attention or recognition: it was only last year that the singer really began to be noticed
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  • Because of that little conversation that he heard, Ian began to notice Michelle more.
  • Would Ariella begin to notice him the way he noticed her if he acted like his brother did?
  • He already knew where she lived and she might begin to notice him if he caught the same bus as her.
1.2 archaic Remark upon: she looked so much better that Sir Charles noticed it to Lady Harriet


Late Middle English (sense 2 of the noun): from Old French, from Latin notitia 'being known', from notus 'known' (see notion).


at short (or a moment's) notice

With little warning or time for preparation: tours may be canceled at short notice
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  • All hospitals in the area have to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.
  • Visits were sometimes cancelled at a moment's notice when this happened, and her friends came to accept this.
  • The funds have been transferred to my offshore account, and I am prepared to leave at a moment's notice.

put someone on notice (or serve notice)

Warn someone of something about or likely to occur, especially in a formal or threatening manner: we’re going to put foreign governments on notice that we want a change of trade policy
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  • We just want to put him on notice to remind him what we will be doing.
  • ISPs have been made responsible for removing illegal and harmful content under so-called notice and takedown procedures, once they have been put on notice by a complainant.
  • Another 300 letters will go to bars and clubs in Hong Kong putting them on notice of what constitutes the legal and illegal screening of pay-TV services.

take no notice

Pay no attention to someone or something.
Example sentences
  • Their occupied attention caused them to take no notice of their muscled and bulky master calling for them.
  • Several servants bowed as he passed, but he took no notice of it.
  • When she approached the junction with Church Road she noticed a blue hatchback car moving slowly very close to the kerb, but took no notice because she thought he was lost.

take notice

Pay attention; show signs of interest.
Example sentences
  • I just hope they will take notice of warning signs we have put up and look out for them on the roads.
  • If the gaggle of magazine cover stories and press articles is any guide, it is worth taking notice because it is sign things may be about to happen.
  • Darnell was not aware that anyone took notice, yet everyone heard the magic in the two words.

Words that rhyme with notice

myosotis, Otis

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