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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Notify \No"ti*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Notified; p. pr. & vb. n. Notifying.] [F. notifier, L. notificare; notus known (p. p. of noscere to known) + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Know, and -fy.] [1913 Webster] 1. To make known; to declare; to publish; as, to notify a fact to a person. [1913 Webster] No law can bind till it be notified or promulged. --Sowth. [1913 Webster] 2. To give notice to; to inform by notice; to apprise; as, the constable has notified the citizens to meet at the city hall; the bell notifies us of the time of meeting. [1913 Webster] The President of the United States has notified the House of Representatives that he has approved and signed the act. --Journal of the Senate, U. S. [1913 Webster] Note: This application of notify has been condemned; but it is in constant good use in the United States, and in perfect accordance with the use of certify. [1913 Webster]