Definition of notice in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnəʊtɪs/


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 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, cognizance, heed, note;
regard, consideration, scrutiny, interest, thought, mindfulness, watchfulness, vigilance, attentiveness
2 [mass noun] Notification 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, (advance) warning, announcement, apprisal, intimation;
information, news, communication, intelligence, 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 his employers gave him two weeks' 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.
resignation, letter of resignation
dismissal, discharge, termination/ending of employment, one's marching orders
informal the sack, the boot, the bullet, the axe, the (old) heave-ho, the elbow, the push, the bounce
British informal one's cards, the chop
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.
information sheet, bill, handbill, poster, advertisement, announcement, bulletin, broadsheet, circular, flyer, leaflet, pamphlet, sign, placard;
card, sticker;
French affiche;
North American & Australian  dodger
informal ad
British informal advert
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.
4 (usually notices) A short published review of 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;
French compte rendu
British informal crit


[with object]
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.
observe, perceive, note, see, become aware of, discern, detect, spot, distinguish, catch sight of, make out, take notice of, mark, remark;
pay attention to, take note of, heed, take heed of, pay heed to
British informal clock
literary behold, descry, espy
1.1Treat (someone) as worthy of recognition or attention: 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 Mention or remark on: she looked so much better that Sir Charles noticed it to Lady Harriet



at (or North American on) short (or a moment's) notice

With little warning or time for preparation: tours may be cancelled 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: he took no notice of her frantic gestures
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  • 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 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

take notice

Pay attention; show signs of interest: when the show was broadcast, he made TV viewers sit up and take notice
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  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with notice

myosotis, Otis

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Line breaks: no¦tice

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