In·form, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Informed p. pr. & vb. n. Informing.]
1. To give form or share to; to give vital or organizing power to; to give life to; to imbue and actuate with vitality; to animate; to mold; to figure; to fashion. “The informing Word.” --Coleridge.
Let others better mold the running mass
Of metals, and inform the breathing brass. --Dryden.
Breath informs this fleeting frame. --Prior.
Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part. --Pope.
2. To communicate knowledge to; to make known to; to acquaint; to advise; to instruct; to tell; to notify; to enlighten; -- usually followed by of.
For he would learn their business secretly,
And then inform his master hastily. --Spenser.
I am informed thoroughly of the cause. --Shak.
3. To communicate a knowledge of facts to, by way of accusation; to warn against anybody.
Tertullus . . . informed the governor against Paul. --Acts xxiv. 1.
Syn: -- To acquaint; apprise; tell; teach; instruct; enlighten; animate; fashion.
n 1: to furnish incriminating evidence to an officer of the law
(usually in return for favors) [syn: ratting]
2: a speech act that conveys information [syn: making known]