definition of notice by The Free Dictionary




1. The act of noting or observing; perception or attention: That detail escaped my notice.

2. Respectful attention or consideration: grateful for the teacher’s notice.

3. A written or printed announcement: a notice of sale.


a. A formal announcement, notification, or warning, especially an announcement of one’s intention to withdraw from an agreement or leave a job: gave my employer two weeks’ notice; raised the price without notice.

b. The condition of being formally warned or notified: put us on notice for chronic lateness.

5. A printed critical review, as of a play or book.

tr.v. no·ticed, no·tic·ing, no·tic·es

1. To take notice of; observe: noticed a figure in the doorway. See Synonyms at see1.

2. To perceive with the mind; detect: noticed several discrepancies.

3. Archaic

a. To comment on; mention.

b. To treat with courteous attention.

[Middle English, knowledge, from Old French, from Latin nōtitia, from nōtus, known, past participle of nōscere, to get to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

no′tic·er n.

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1. the act of perceiving; observation; attention: to escape notice.

2. take notice to pay attention; attend

3. take no notice of to ignore or disregard

4. information about a future event; warning; announcement

5. a displayed placard or announcement giving information

6. advance notification of intention to end an arrangement, contract, etc, as of renting or employment (esp in the phrase give notice)

7. at short notice with notification only a little in advance

8. at two hours’ notice with notification only two hours in advance

9. chiefly Brit dismissal from employment

10. favourable, interested, or polite attention: she was beneath his notice.

11. (Theatre) a theatrical or literary review: the play received very good notices.

vb (tr)

12. to become conscious or aware of; perceive; note

13. to point out or remark upon

14. to pay polite or interested attention to

15. to recognize or acknowledge (an acquaintance)

[C15: via Old French from Latin notitia fame, from nōtus known, celebrated]

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(ˈnoʊ tɪs)

n., v. -ticed, -tic•ing. n.

1. information, warning, or announcement of something impending; notification: to give notice of one’s intentions.

2. a written or printed statement conveying such information or warning: to post a notice.

3. a notification by one of the parties to an agreement, as for employment, that the agreement will terminate on a specified date: She gave her employer two-weeks’ notice.

4. observation, attention, or heed; note: to take notice of one’s surroundings.

5. interested or favorable attention: singled out for notice.

6. a brief written review or critique of a book, play, etc.


7. to become aware of or pay attention to; take notice of; observe.

8. to mention or refer to; point out.

9. to acknowledge acquaintance with.

10. to give notice to; serve with a notice.

[1400–50; nōtitia acquaintance, knowledge, derivative of nōt(us) known (see notify)]

no′tic•er, n.

syn: notice, perceive, discern imply becoming aware of something through the senses or the intellect. notice means to pay attention to something one sees, hears, or senses: to notice a newspaper ad; to notice someone’s absence; to notice one’s lack of enthusiasm. perceive is a more formal word meaning to detect by means of the senses; with reference to the mind, it implies realization, understanding, and insight: to perceive the sound of hoofbeats; to perceive the significance of an event. discern means to detect something that is obscure or concealed; it implies keen senses or insight: to discern the outlines of a distant ship; to discern the truth.

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Notice can be a noun or a verb.

1. used as a noun

A notice is a sign in a public place which gives information or instructions.

There was a notice on the lift saying it was out of order.

2. “”

You do not use notice to refer to a short, informal letter. The word you use is note.

I shall have to write a note to Eileen’s mother to explain her hurt arm.

3. ‘take notice’

If you take notice of someone or something, you pay attention to them.

I’ll make her take notice of me.

Police officers taught residents to take notice of suspicious activities and unfamiliar cars and faces.

When someone does not pay any attention to someone or something, you can say that they take no notice of them or do not take any notice of them.

Her mother took no notice of her weeping.

They refused to take any notice of one another.

4. “” used as a verb

If someone becomes aware of something, you do not say that they ‘take notice of’ it. You say that they notice it.

I’ve noticed your hostility towards him.

He noticed two grey trucks parked near his house.

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