Pronunciation: (in-fôrm'),[key] —v.t. 1. to give or impart knowledge of a fact or circumstance to: He informed them of his arrival. 2. to supply (oneself) with knowledge of a matter or subject: She informed herself of all the pertinent facts. 3. to give evident substance, character, or distinction to; pervade or permeate with manifest effect: A love of nature informed his writing. 4. to animate or inspire.
5. Obs. a. to train or instruct.
b. to make known; disclose.
c. to give or impart form to.
—v.i. 1. to give information; supply knowledge or enlightenment: a magazine that entertains more than it informs. 2. inform on, to furnish incriminating evidence about (someone) to an authority, prosecuting officer, etc.: He informed on his accomplices.
Pronunciation: (in-fôrm'),[key] —adj.Obs. without form; formless.