2012년 9월 10일 월요일

Dic: inform (in a formal sense)


■ If a situation or activity is informed by an idea or a quality, that idea or quality is very noticeable in it. (FORMAL)

  • All great songs are informed by a certain sadness and tension...
  • The concept of the Rose continued to inform the poet's work.

  1. 4) to give form to. 
  2. 5) to impart some essential or formative characteristic to
  3. 6) (tr) to animate or inspire
■ [formal] to influence someone's attitude or opinion
  • Her experience as a refugee informs the content of her latest novel.
■ give character or essence to.
  • The principles that inform modern teaching



3) To give form or character to; imbue with a quality or an essence:
  • “A society's strength is measured by . . . its ability to inform a future generation with its moral standards”(&b{Vanity Fair})
4) To be a pervasive presence in; animate:
  • “It is this brash, backroom sensibility that informs his work as a novelist”(&b{Jeff Shear})
■ inform something. (formal) to have an influence on something
  • Religion informs every aspect of their lives.
  • These guidelines will be used to inform any future decisions.

... COBUILD, COLLINS,LDOCE, WORDNET, The American Heritage, OALD

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