See also: in form and inform.



Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English informen, enformen, borrowed from Old French enformer, informer (to train, instruct, inform), from Latin īnfōrmō (to shape, form, train, instruct, educate), from in- (into) + fōrma (form, shape), equivalent to in- +‎ form.

Alternative formsEdit


inform (third-person singular simple present informs, present participle informing, simple past and past participle informed)

  1. (archaic, transitive) To instruct, train (usually in matters of knowledge).
  2. (transitive) To communicate knowledge to.
  3. (intransitive) To impart information or knowledge.
  4. To act as an informer; denounce.
  5. (transitive) To give form or character to; to inspire (with a given quality); to affect, influence (with a pervading principle, idea etc.).
    His sense of religion informs everything he writes.
    • 1697, Virgil, “The Sixth Book of the Æneis”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], →OCLC, lines 1169-1170, page 397:
      Let others better mould the running mass / Of metals, and inform the breathing brass
    • 1858, Matthew Prior, The poetical works of Matthew Prior, Edinburgh: Printed by Ballantyne and Company, line 401, page 120:
      O! long as breath informs this fleeting frame / Ne'er let me pass in silence Dorset's name
  6. (obsolete, intransitive) To make known, wisely and/or knowledgeably.
  7. (obsolete, transitive) To direct, guide.
  8. (archaic, intransitive) To take form; to become visible or manifest; to appear.
Derived termsEdit
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Etymology 2Edit

Latin īnfōrmis


inform (not comparable)

  1. Without regular form; shapeless; ugly; deformed.
    • 1765, Charles Cotton "Wonders of Peake" in Poetical Works page 342
      Bleak Crags, and naked Hills,
      And the whole Prospect so inform and rude




From French informe, from Latin informis.


inform m or n (feminine singular informă, masculine plural informi, feminine and neuter plural informe)

  1. deformed