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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]