From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishldoce_734_znoticeno‧tice1 /ˈnəʊtɪs $ ˈnoʊ-/ ●●● S1 W2 verb [intransitive, transitive not in progressive] 1 NOTICEif you notice something or someone, you realize that they exist, especially because you can see, hear, or feel them He noticed a woman in a black dress sitting across from him. I didn’t notice any smoke. Have you noticed any change in him?notice (that) I noticed that her hands were shaking. He never seems to notice when people take advantage of him.notice who/what/how etc She hadn’t noticed before quite how grey his hair was.notice somebody/something doing something Did you notice him leaving the party early?► see thesaurus at seeNotice is not used in the progressive. You say: I notice you’re wearing glasses. ✗Don’t say: I’m noticing you’re wearing glasses.2 → be noticed/get (somebody) noticed3 → somebody can’t help noticing somethingTHESAURUSnotice to realize that something is there or that something is happening, because you can see, hear, or feel itI noticed that he was rather quiet during dinner.Children don’t seem to notice the cold.‘Julie’s home.’ ‘Yes, I noticed her bicycle outside.’detect to notice something that is difficult to see, hear etc because it is very small, faint, or unclear. Detect is used about people and machines, and is more formal than noticeX-ray telescopes can now detect virtually every type of astronomical object.He thought he detected a flicker of interest in her eyes.spot to notice something, especially something that is difficult to see or that you see for a short time only. Spot is more informal than noticeCan you spot the difference between these two pictures?I’m glad you spotted the mistake before it was too late.become aware/conscious to gradually begin to notice that something is happening or is trueI became aware that Mum was getting a lot older.Tessa became conscious of a feeling of guilt. can tell to be able to notice something because you can see, smell, hear it etcI could tell that she had been drinking.Can you tell I’ve lost weight?something/somebody catches your eye used to say that you suddenly notice something or someone because they are interesting, attractive, or good at somethingI saw this shirt in the shop window and it just caught my eye.Clarke caught the eye of boss Bryan Robson when he scored for Newry last week.observe formal to notice something as a result of watching or studying it closelyPsychologists observed that the mice became more aggressive in smaller cages.perceive formal to notice something, especially that something is happening, or is true, or needs to be doneThe company quickly perceived the need for change.Doctors perceive that they do not have adequate time to spend with their patients.witness to see something happen because you are there at the timePeople have witnessed some great economic changes during the last ten years.miss to not notice something because it is difficult to seeIt’s easy to miss the entrance – the sign is hidden behind a tree. → See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusnotice• He did not seem to mind, or even to notice.• Dominic took a huge slice of cake, hoping no one would notice.• I said "Hello, " but she didn't notice.• You may notice a numb feeling in your fingers.• He also noticed a vacant table to their right and another to their left.• Do you notice anything different about my hair?• "Julie's home." "Yes, I noticed her bicycle outside."• She was worried that her boss would notice how long she had been gone.• Perhaps some one would notice how wild the pickpocket's eyes were growing; perhaps they might help him.• The other child whom I noticed in that Fourth Grade room was in an obvious way less fortunate.• I was about to leave when I noticed someone coming up the driveway.• Have you ever noticed that a lot of butterflies have the colour black on their wings?• I noticed that he was rather quiet during dinner.• I noticed that some of the upstart ash trees were already bearing seeds, and some were loaded with them.• As she was about to leave, she noticed that the kitchen window was open.• David had noticed the return of worrying symptoms in the previous few days.• It will be all right if we are very quiet, so that they do not notice us.• Did you notice what he was wearing?notice (that)• Interest and principal payments simply stopped coming one day without notice.• They walk by them without noticing, without knowing the quality of the work this community of learners produces.• Greater difficulties arise where the defendant comes by the information without notice of any restrictions on its disclosure.• But account-holders are limited to five withdrawals from the account each year without giving notice or paying a penalty.• The lifeguard didn't notice that a boy was having trouble in the pool.• As I looked around me I noticed that some of the regular worshippers appeared edgy too.• It is very important to be very quiet and very compliant so that they do not notice us and get angry.noticenotice2 ●●● S2 W2 noun 1 attentionNOTICE [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).2 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 newspaper3 time to prepare [uncountable]WARN information or a warning about something that is going to happen → warningwithout 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 propertynotice 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.4 → until further notice5 → hand in your notice/give (your) notice6 → at short notice7 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 SYN review The new play got mixed notices (=some good, some bad) in the newspapers. → sit up (and take notice) at sit upCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: when you notice or pay attention to someone or somethingverbstake notice (=pay attention to something)I began to take notice when the subject of money came up.take no notice/not take any notice (=ignore something or someone)The other passengers took no notice of what was happening.come to somebody’s notice (=be noticed by someone)This problem first came to our notice last summer.escape somebody’s notice (=not be noticed by someone)It had not escaped his notice that Phil seemed interested in Jean.bring something to somebody’s notice (=tell someone about something)It has been brought to my notice that employees are smoking in the restrooms.attract notice (=be noticed by other people)She didn’t want to attract notice, so she dressed very plainly. COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: information or a warning about something that is going to happenverbsgive noticeTo withdraw money from this type of savings account, you must give the bank 30 days’ notice.serve notice formal (=warn someone about something)They have served notice that they intend to take legal action against the company.have/receive noticeIf I’d had more notice, I could have done a better job.need notice (also require notice formal)The company requires a month’s notice of any holiday time you would like to take.adjectivesadvance notice (also prior notice formal) (=given before an event)We had no advance notice of the attack.reasonable notice (=an amount that is considered to be fair to everyone)Did you receive reasonable notice of the court case?ten days’/three months’/five minutes’ etc noticeHis contract said he must give three months’ notice if he decides to leave the job.no noticeWe received no notice of the changes.phrasesat short notice (=without much time to prepare)Thank you for coming to help at such short notice.at a moment’s notice (=very quickly)He’d be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.without noticeTrains may be cancelled without notice.until further notice (=from now until you are told something else)On the door was a sign: ‘Library closed until further notice’.notice to quit British English (=a warning that you must leave the house or flat where you live by a particular date)The new owner gave all the tenants notice to quit.
Examples from the Corpusnotice• I'll post a notice about it on the board.• I'll put up a notice about the meeting on the bulletin board.• They completed the works required by the first notice on 7 September 1983.• Unfortunately, they allowed his notice to expire without further action and proceeded to recruit new employees.• Look, will you work out your month's notice?• Working conditions may not be up to much, and as a casual employee you can be fired at short notice.• Rehearsals were nearly complete and a replacement for her was out of the question at such short notice.• Finally this summer, the world may take notice.• The details of the trip are on that notice over there.• Now that the sale is over someone needs to take down the notices.• The board also approved a press release which summarised, but in some detail, the terms of the notice.• Prices are subject to change without notice.took no notice• He took no notice when she asked him to slow down.• As for Phaedra, her stepson Hippolytus took no notice of her; he never noticed women.• There were lots of other people in there, but I took no notice of them.• Jack took no notice of any external reaction.• Others in the room took no notice of the song.• Two window-cleaners threw her a cheerful obscenity, but she took no notice.• We took no notice of the servants.• When I first met her she had been hurling abuse at her daughters-in-law who took no notice whatsoever.obituary notices• Headstones, obituary notices and catering can push up bills sharply.sufficient/reasonable notice• He could therefore revive his right by giving reasonable notice.• The test of reasonable notice is objective.• This allows the artist to look at the manager's books, with reasonable notice.mixed notices• The two dances also received mixed notices at the Billy Rose.From Longman Business Dictionarynoticeno‧tice /ˈnəʊtəsˈnoʊ-/ noun1[uncountable] information or a warning about something that is going to happenThese rules are subject to change without notice (=no notice needs to be given).Either party may terminate the contract with three months’ notice.An employer who wants to dismiss an employee must give proper notice.2serve notice to officially warn someone that something is going to happenThe tenant has the right to serve notice on the landlord if they fail to carry out the rent review.3[countable] a formal document warning someone about something or asking them to do something4[uncountable]HUMAN RESOURCES the period of time that someone works after they say that they are going to leave their job, or after they have been told to leave their jobThe employee need not work out the period of notice if he prefers not to.5give/hand in your notice to tell your employer that you are going to leave your job6[uncountable]PROPERTY (also notice to quit, notice of eviction) if a property owner gives someone notice to quit, or notice of eviction, they tell them to leave the property by a particular dateOnce a Notice to Quit has been served upon you, and has expired, your landlord has the legal right to order you to leave your accommodation.Origin notice2 (1400-1500) Old French Latin notitia “knowledge, familiarity”, from notus “known”