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inform on (someone)

To share or reveal compromising information about someone, usually to the authorities. If you inform on him to the cops, he'll definitely send some of his goons out after you. Yeah, I know about your shady deals, but I didn't inform on you, I swear!
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inform against (someone)

To share or reveal compromising information about someone, usually to the authorities. If you inform against him to the cops, he'll definitely send some of his goons out after you. Yeah, I know about your shady deals, but I didn't inform against you, I swear!
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inform (someone) about (something)

To share information about something with someone. Have you informed Phil about the time change for Saturday's dinner? Don't worry, I'll inform the investors about your illness, and we'll reschedule the meeting.
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inform (someone) of (something)

To share information about something with someone. Have you informed Phil of the time change for Saturday's dinner? Don't worry, I'll inform the investors of your illness, and we'll reschedule the meeting.
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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
v.
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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In this situation the counselor appropriately reserved the right to disclose the informant's name at a later time, if necessary, but was attempting to address the problem without revealing the informing student's name.
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 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.