“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.
|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.|
|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.
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,’
Depending on the synonym being used, the structure of the sentence changes somewhat.
Other synonyms for “Informed”
Some outside the US have said “loop you in” and “circling back.”
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Updated: Nov. 2019, June 2020 (title change, old title: In the Loop: Synonyms & Phrases Meaning “Informed”)
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