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    the meaning of "inform"

    Dear all,

    "The education that has informed much of my work as an anthropologist began in my childhood, when, in the fourth grade, I had a teacher who excited me about ancient Egyptian civilization..."

    In the sentence above, what is the meaning of "inform"? It seems to me this usage is not "let someone know". How do you paraphrase it?

    Thank you

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    Re: the meaning of "inform"

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    "The education that has informed much of my work as an anthropologist began in my childhood, when, in the fourth grade, I had a teacher who excited me about ancient Egyptian civilization..."

    In the sentence above, what is the meaning of "inform"? It seems to me this usage is not "let someone know". How do you paraphrase it?

    Thank you

    OP
    I think "inform" here means " give character or essence to X".

    e.g. the compassion that informs her work
    or : principles which inform modern teaching

    I'm not a teacher.
    But I hope the post will help you.

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