1. an announcement or intimation of something impending; warning: a day’s notice.
  2. a note, placard, or the like conveying information or a warning: to post a notice about the fire laws.
  3. information or warning of something, especially for wide attention: to give notice of one’s departure.
  4. a notification of the termination, at a specified time, of an agreement, as for renting or employment, given by one of the parties to the agreement: The sales manager suddenly gave notice and headed for Acapulco.
  5. observation, perception, attention, or heed: a book worthy of notice.
  6. interested or favorable attention: to take notice of an unusual feature in the design of a building.
  7. critical attention, appraisal, or evaluation: Only a few of the entries were singled out for notice.
  8. a brief written review or critique, as of a newly published book; review: The notices of the play were mostly favorable.

verb (used with object), no·ticed, no·tic·ing.

  1. to pay attention to or take notice of: Did you notice her hat?
  2. to perceive; become aware of: Did you notice the anger in his voice?
  3. to acknowledge acquaintance with: She noticed him merely with a nod.
  4. to mention or refer to; point out: a circumstance that was noticed in an earlier chapter.
  5. to give notice to; serve with a notice: to notice a person that his taxes are overdue.


  1. not perceived or observed


  1. the act of perceiving; observation; attentionto 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. mainly British dismissal from employment
  10. favourable, interested, or polite attentionshe was beneath his notice
  11. a theatrical or literary reviewthe play received very good notices

verb (tr)

  1. to become conscious or aware of; perceive; note
  2. to point out or remark upon
  3. to pay polite or interested attention to
  4. to recognize or acknowledge (an acquaintance)

adj.1720, from un- (1) “not” + past participle of notice (v.). v.early 15c., “to notify,” from notice (n.). Sense of “to point out” is from 1620s. Meaning “to take notice of” is attested from 1757, but was long execrated in England as an Americanism (occasionally as a Scottishism, the two offenses not being clearly distinguished). Ben Franklin noted it as one of the words (along with verbal uses of progress and advocate) that seemed to him to have become popular in America while he was absent in France during the Revolution. Related: Noticed; noticing. n.early 15c., “information, intelligence,” from Middle French notice (14c.), and directly from Latin notitia “a being known, celebrity, fame, knowledge,” from notus “known,” past participle of (g)noscere “come to know, to get to know, get acquainted (with),” from PIE *gno-sko-, a suffixed form of root *gno- (see know). Sense of “formal warning” is attested from 1590s. Meaning “a sign giving information” is from 1805. see escape notice; give notice; short notice; sit up and take notice; take note (notice).

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