2. To clasp with the arms; to embrace.
Noble Banquo, . . . let me infold thee,Shak.
And hold thee to my heart.
(In*fold"ment) n. The act of infolding; the state of being infolded.
(In*fo"li*ate) v. t. [Pref. in- in + L. folium leaf.] To cover or overspread with, or as with,
leaves. [R.] Howell.
(In*form") a. [L. informis; pref. in- not + forma form, shape: cf. F. informe] Without regular
form; shapeless; ugly; deformed. Cotton.
(In*form"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Informed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Informing.] [OE. enformen, OF. enformer,
F. informer. L. informare; pref. in- in + formare to form, share, fr. forma form. See Form.]
1. To give form or share to; to give vital or organizing power to; to give life to; to imbue and actuate with
vitality; to animate; to mold; to figure; to fashion. "The informing Word." Coleridge.
Let others better mold the running massDryden.
Of metals, and inform the breathing brass.
Breath informs this fleeting frame.Prior.
Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part.Pope.
2. To communicate knowledge to; to make known to; to acquaint; to advise; to instruct; to tell; to notify; to
enlighten; usually followed by of.
For he would learn their business secretly,Spenser.
And then inform his master hastily.
I am informed thoroughly of the cause.Shak.
3. To communicate a knowledge of facts to, by way of accusation; to warn against anybody.
Tertullus . . . informed the governor against Paul.Acts xxiv. 1.
Syn. To acquaint; apprise; tell; teach; instruct; enlighten; animate; fashion.
(In*form"), v. t.
1. To take form; to become visible or manifest; to appear. [Obs.]
It is the bloody business which informsShak.
Thus to mine eyes.
2. To give intelligence or information; to tell. Shak.
He might either teach in the same manner, or inform how he had been taught.Monthly Rev. To inform against, to communicate facts by way of accusation against; to denounce; as, two persons
came to the magistrate, and informed against A.
(In*form"al) a. [Pref. in- not + formal.]
1. Not in the regular, usual, or established form; not according to official, conventional, prescribed, or
customary forms or rules; irregular; hence, without ceremony; as, an informal writing, proceeding, or visit.