- 1 [mass noun] The fact of observing or paying attention to something: their silence did not escape my notice it has come to our notice that you have been missing schoolMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [mass noun] Notification or warning of something, especially to allow preparations to be made: interest rates are subject to fluctuation without noticeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 his employers gave him two weeks' noticeMore example sentences
- 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 roomMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3.1A small advertisement or announcement in a newspaper or magazine: an obituary noticeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 4 (usually notices) A short published review of a new film, play, or book: she had good notices in her first filmMore example sentences
- 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.
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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 noticeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Treat (someone) as worthy of recognition or attention: it was only last year that the singer really began to be noticedMore example sentences
- 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.
at (or North American on) short (or a moment's) notice
- With little warning or time for preparation: tours may be cancelled at short noticeMore example sentences
- 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 policyMore example sentences
- 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: he took no notice of her frantic gesturesMore example sentences
pay no attention (to), ignore, disregard, pay no heed (to), take no account (of), turn a deaf ear (to), brush aside, shrug off, set aside, turn a blind eye (to), shut one's eyes (to), pass over, let pass, let go, overlook, look the other way, pretend not to notice• informal not want to know
- 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.
- Pay attention; show signs of interest: when the show was broadcast, he made TV viewers sit up and take noticeMore 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.