• (RP) IPA: /ˈnəʊtɪs/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈnoʊtɪs/, [ˈnoʊɾɪs]


  1. (mostly, uncountable) The act of observing; perception.
    He took no notice of the changes, and went on as though nothing had happened.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗, page 16 ↗:
      Athelstan Arundel walked home […], foaming and raging. […] He walked the whole way, walking through crowds, and under the noses of dray-horses, carriage-horses, and cart-horses, without taking the least notice of them.
    • How ready is envy to mingle with the notices we take of other persons?
  2. (countable) A written or printed announcement.
    Shall we post a notice about the new policy?
    I always read the death notices in the paper.
  3. (countable) A formal notification or warning.
    The sidewalk adjacent to the damaged bridge stonework shall be closed until further notice.
  4. (chiefly, uncountable) Advance notification of termination of employment, given by an employer to an employee or vice versa.
    I gave her her mandatory two weeks' notice and sacked her.
    I can't work here any longer. I'm giving notice.
  5. (countable) A published critical review of a play or the like.
    • 1989, The New York Times Theater Reviews, 1920- (volume 18, page 167)
      The first-night audience, yes. The first-night reviewers, not exactly. The notices have so far been mixed, only The Financial Times having delivered itself of an unequivocal rave.
  6. (uncountable) Prior notification.
    I don't mind if you want to change the venue; just give me some notice first, OK?
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      I have been with your father and given him notice that the Duke of Cornwall and Regan his duchess will be here with him this night.
  7. (dated) Attention; respectful treatment; civility.
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notice (notices, present participle noticing; past and past participle noticed)

  1. (transitive, now, rare) To remark upon; to mention. [from 17th c.]
    • 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Penguin 2004, p. 88:
      Numberless are the arguments […] that men have used morally and physically, to degrade the sex. I must notice a few.
  2. (transitive) To become aware of; to observe. [from 17th c.]
    • 1991, Gregory Widen, Backdraft
      So you punched out a window for ventilation. Was that before or after you noticed you were standing in a lake of gasoline?
    Did you notice the flowers in her yard?
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To lavish attention upon; to treat (someone) favourably. [17th–19th c.]
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, vol. I, ch. 3
      She would notice her; she would improve her; she would detach her from her bad acquaintance, and introduce her into good society; she would form her opinions and her manners.
  4. (intransitive) To be noticeable; to show. [from 20th c.]
    • 1954, Barbara Comyns, Who Was Changed And Who Was Dead, Dorothy 2010, p. 9:
      The blackness didn't notice so much when she was born; but it's unmistakeable now.
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