Meaning of “notice” in the English Dictionary

"notice" in British English

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noticeverb

uk /ˈnəʊ.tɪs/ us /ˈnoʊ.t̬ɪs/

B1 [ I or T ] to see or become conscious of something or someone:

I noticed a crack in the ceiling.
Mary waved at the man but he didn't seem to notice.
[ + (that) ] He noticed (that) the woman was staring at him.
[ + question word ] Did you notice how she did that?

[ T often passive ] to bring someone to the attention of the public, usually because of an unusual skill, etc.:

She was first noticed by the critics at the age of twelve, and went on to become a world-famous violinist.

More examples

  • Simon was so absorbed in his book, he didn't even notice me come in.
  • I noticed a certain distance between father and son.
  • They noticed him going into the hotel bar.
  • She's such a perfectionist that she notices even the tiniest mistakes.
  • It seems impossible that I could have walked by without noticing her.

noticenoun

uk /ˈnəʊ.tɪs/ us /ˈnoʊ.t̬ɪs/

notice noun (INFORMATION)

A2 [ C ] (a board, piece of paper, etc. containing) information or instructions:

There was a large notice on the wall saying "No Parking".
I saw a notice in the paper announcing their marriage.
notices [ plural ] mainly UK

printed statements of opinion in the newspapers about plays, films, books, etc.:

The musical has received wonderful notices.

More examples

  • There's a notice outside the building which says 'No admission before 12 noon'.
  • He attached a notice saying 'Wet paint!'
  • I stuck the notice (up) on the board.
  • The notice outside the cinema said 'Closed on Wednesday'.
  • Can you read what that notice says?

notice noun (WARNING)

B1 [ U ] information or a warning given about something that is going to happen in the future:

The next time you visit, can you give me more notice?
The first responders are ready to spring into action at a moment's notice.
The building is closed until further notice (= until another official announcement is made).

[ U ] the period of time that you must work after you have said that you are leaving your job, or after you have been asked to leave:

Do I have to work out my notice?
give sb notice UK also give sb their notice

to ask someone who works for you to leave their job, usually after a particular period of time:

My boss gave me a month's notice.
They gave me my notice yesterday.
hand in your notice UK also give in your notice

C2 to tell your employer that you intend to leave your job after a particular period of time:

I handed in my notice yesterday.

(Definition of “notice” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"notice" in American English

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noticeverb

us /ˈnoʊ·t̬ɪs/

notice verb (SEE)

to become aware of, esp. by looking; to see:

[ I ] Mary waved but he didn’t seem to notice.
[ + that clause ] He noticed that she was staring at him.

noticenoun

us /ˈnoʊ·t̬ɪs/

notice noun (INFORMATION)

[ C/U ] something written or printed that gives information or instructions:

[ C ] We got a notice about recycling in the mail.
[ U ] This building is closed until further notice (= until official instructions are given).

[ C/U ] Notice is also warning that something will happen or needs to happen:

[ U ] I can’t cancel my plans on such short notice/at a moment’s notice (= immediately).

[ C/U ] Notice is also an official statement saying you are leaving your job or telling you your job has ended:

[ U ] I got my 30-day notice yesterday at work.

notice noun (ATTENTION)

[ U ] attention:

Twain first attracted notice as a humorist.

(Definition of “notice” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"notice" in Business English

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noticenoun

uk /ˈnəʊtɪs/ us

[ C ] COMMUNICATIONS a piece of written information on paper, a board, a website, etc.:

There was a notice about the proposed reorganization on all the office noticeboards.

[ U ] information or a warning about something that is going to happen in the future, or the period of time before it happens:

An inspection can take place at any time without notice.
give (sb) notice (that) We hereby give notice that we have been appointed official receivers for the assets of the above-named company.
a week's/month's, etc. notice You will need to give a month's notice if you want to withdraw any of the cash.
These offices will remain closed until further notice.

[ U ] HR a letter or a statement saying that an employee will or must leave their job after a particular period of time:

give in/hand in your notice The situation at work was so bad that I decided to hand in my notice.
give sb notice Many of the junior staff were given notice to leave.

[ U ] HR the period of time that an employee works in their job after they have said that they are leaving, or after they have been asked to leave:

a week's/month's, etc. notice In this type of job you usually only have a week's notice.
They paid me for the two weeks instead of making me work out my notice.

[ C or U ] LAW a formal document or statement that tells someone to do something, or gives them information about something:

The tenants refused to leave and have now been served with notices of eviction by the landlord.
All the redundancy notices have now gone out to the members of staff affected.
at short notice US on short notice

only a short time before something happens:

It is not possible to get a replacement at such short notice.
notice to quit

also Notice to Quit PROPERTY, LAW a formal letter saying that a person who is renting a property will or must leave it after a particular period:

A tenant may end a tenancy by issuing a valid notice to quit.
Our template Notice to Quit is aimed at tenants who have owed you rent for at least 60 days.
put sb on notice (that)

to warn someone officially that something is going to happen, or could possibly happen:

The facility was put on notice that its funding was in danger if improvements were not carried out.
serve notice (that)

LAW to tell someone officially that they must do something, or that something is going to happen:

The highway authority is required to serve notice informing everyone who may be affected by the new route.

(Definition of “notice” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)