Synonyms of “In the Loop”

Posted On: April 10, 2015

“Informed” is a word commonly used in Indian English. Using the word “informed” is another way to say “in the loop.” Let’s take a look at some more synonyms of the phrase “in the loop.” 


The idiom “in the loop” is commonly heard in office conversations among US Americans. Let’s look at some more synonyms for these words that Americans more commonly use along with examples of use.


What are synonyms of “In the Loop” or “informed” that can be used? 


Original Word: Informed Sample Sentence:
He informed us about the schedule change.
Formal Updated He updated us about the schedule change.
Communicated He communicated the schedule change in the standup.
Notified He notified us about the schedule change in his status update.
Disclosed He disclosed the schedule change to us during today’s meeting.
Educated He educated us about the schedule change through instant messenger (IM).
Kept us posted He kept us posted about the schedule change in during the standup.
Everyday English Let (me/him/us) know He let us know about the schedule change after yesterday’s presentation.
Idioms or Phrasal Verbs /Used at Work Filled (me/him/them) in He let them know about the schedule change after yesterday’s presentation.
Gave the lowdown He gave me the lowdown about the schedule change while on the con-call yesterday.
Ran down He ran down the reasons for the schedule change while on the con-call yesterday.
Passed on He passed on the information about the schedule change.
keep/kept/keeping (me/her/us) posted He kept us posted about the schedule change.
keep/kept/keeping (him/them/me) in the loop He keeps us in the loop about the schedule change.
up to date He is up to date about the schedule change.
heads up

touch base

Ping/Ping Me

He gave us a heads up about the schedule change by email.

I will touch base with you when I have more information.

Ping me when you have fixed the problem.


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Another set of words and phrases meaning “in the loop:” 
in the know, abreast, aware, clued up, in the circle, know the score, know what’s what, acquainted, conversant, familiar, well-versed, in the know, cognizant.

Another phrase I often hear used in India is “circle back.” While this does somewhat seem to also mean ‘in the loop,” it seems to have a slightly different connotation. I understand this phrase to mean, “I will get back to you when I have more information or when I am free to talk.” But, some seem to use it also in terms of ‘in the loop,’


Synonyms, other words and meaning for "in the loop," a common corporate idiom.

Depending on the synonym being used, the structure of the sentence changes somewhat.

The idiomatic forms may be more frequently used than the direct vocabulary.
Cultural Relevance:
It is GOOD when your American counterpart says: 
“You’ve kept me in the loop. This meeting is on target.” 
This is a compliment, it’s a good thing. It means you are keeping the person up to date and informed about things.
Something is WRONG when your American counterpart says: 
“You’re not keeping us in the loop. This meeting seems to be all over the place” 
This is not a good thing to hear. Your American counterparts are not happy with you and feel left out. This will damage business relationships.


Other synonyms for “Informed”
Some outside the US have said “loop you in” and “circling back.”


Jennifer Kumar is a corporate coach helping Indians build confidence in communicating with Americans. Check out one of our foundational programs for non-native English speakers working with US Americans – Business English Seminar or contact her for more information today.



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Updated: Nov. 2019, June 2020 (title change, old title: In the Loop: Synonyms & Phrases Meaning “Informed”)

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