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inform on someone

to tell the authorities about someone; to tattle on someone. I am going to have to inform on you. Liz informed on Ken to their mother.
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inform someone about someone or something

to tell someone about someone or something. How is my friend Tom getting on? I asked you to inform me about him from time to time. Please inform me about the state of the contract for the book.
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inform someone of something

to tell someone a fact. Please inform Sally of my decision. Sally has been informed of your decision.
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inform someone on someone

to tattle (on someone) (to someone). I will inform the teacher on you! Billy informed his mother on Bobby.
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inform on

or inform against
To disclose confidential or incriminating evidence about someone to an authority: The FBI agent informed on the drug dealers. You can't force me to inform against my own family.
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These "social functions" are really about news portraying the world theatrically, rather than informing us objectively of facts.
She considered informing the students by including a section on the topic in the student handbook given to all students as they enrolled in the school.
In this situation, in an effort to be respectful of the student, the counselor might have informed the student of her decision before informing the principal (if she did not fear an immediate violent response on the part of the student), or might have met with the student and the principal when the principal confronted the student regarding the situation.
The omnibus exposure draft, Audit Adjustments, Reporting on Consistency, and Service Organizations (Omnibus Statement on Auditing Standards--1999), adds to a list of matters addressed in the audit engagement letter an item reminding management it is responsible for correcting material misstatements and for informing the auditor of any uncorrected, nonmaterial misstatements.
I would vote in favor of labels informing fur buyers how an animal was ``harvested'' in order to serve their vanity.
PHOTO In May, Beverly Hills residents will decide if fur coats such as this should have labels informing buyers how the animal was killed.
Drawing on Frankfurt School and structuralist theories, Hansen utilizes, on the one hand, the universal Marxist law that the economic base determines the ideas and images informing the superstructure, and, on the other hand, she draws on post-modern theories to demonstrate that artistic excesses, gaps and fissures within the classic American cinema reveals the way artists and audiences were resisting traditional values.
Informing time shifts could be arranged in which residents take turns looking out for suspicious people hanging around outside or inside the building.
The system automatically enforces these limits while informing your employees what has happened.
The chairman said municipal bond issuers that do not keep purchasers informed well enough of matters that affect solvency and those that sell municipal debt are not informing buyers of the markups and commissions they must pay.
Providers use iMedConsent to assist them in educating and informing patients about conditions and procedures, providing pre- and post-procedure instructions and documenting consent for procedures.
org, has been created by the Hotel Employees, Restaurant Employees International Union, (HERE) Local 75 in Toronto with the purpose of informing customers of the current relationships between workers and management of the various Westmont properties under brand names such as Holiday Inn, Hilton, Travelodge, Radisson, Best Western, Sheraton, Crowne Plaza, and Marriott in Canada, the United States and Europe.