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.
In·form a. Without regular form; shapeless; ugly; deformed.
In·form, v. t.
1. To take form; to become visible or manifest; to appear. [Obs.]
It is the bloody business which informs
Thus to mine eyes. --Shak.
2. To give intelligence or information; to tell.
He might either teach in the same manner, or inform how he had been taught. --Monthly Rev.
To inform against, to communicate facts by way of accusation against; to denounce; as, two persons came to the magistrate, and informed against A.
v 1: impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event
to; "I informed him of his rights"
2: give character or essence to; "The principles that inform
3: act as an informer; "She had informed on her own parents for