Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin notitia 'knowledge, familiarity', from notus 'known'


2 noun
notice2 S2 W2


[uncountable] when you notice or pay attention to someone or something:
I waved but they took no notice.
not take any/much notice (of something)
I did not take much notice of her suggestions.
I hope you'll take notice of what I'm going to tell you.
This problem may have escaped your notice so far (=you may not have noticed it).
This never came to my notice (=I never knew about this).
There are several important matters that I'd like to bring to your notice (=that I would like you to know about).

on paper

[countable]TCN a written or printed statement that gives information or a warning to people [↪ sign]:
The notice on the wall said 'No smoking'.
I'll put up a notice about the meeting.
obituary notices (=about people who have just died) in the newspaper

time to prepare

[uncountable] information or a warning about something that is going to happen [↪ warning]
without notice
These rules are subject to change without notice.
sufficient/reasonable notice
They didn't give me sufficient notice.
advance/prior notice
When you're on the mailing list, you'll receive advance notice of upcoming events.
ten days'/three months' etc notice (=a warning ten days etc before)
They closed the factory, giving the workers only a week's notice.
Firefighters were prepared to rush out at a moment's notice.
notice of
his failure to give notice of his intention to alter the property
notice to do something
I've been given notice to quit my flat (=I have been told that I must leave by a certain date).
Union members served strike notice (=warned that they would go on strike) late last night.

until further notice

from now until another change is announced:
The office is closed until further notice.

hand in your notice/give (your) notice

BEC to tell your employer that you will be leaving your job soon [= resign]:
Jim gave notice on Thursday.

at short notice

British English, on short notice American English if you do something at short notice, you do not have very much time to prepare for it:
The trip was planned on short notice.
Thanks for agreeing to see me at such short notice.
a cancellation at very short notice

book/play etc

[countable usually plural]TCNA a statement of opinion, especially one written for a newspaper or magazine, about a new play, book, film etc [= review]:
The new play got mixed notices (=some good, some bad) in the newspapers.

➔ sit up (and take notice)

at sit up (5)