Definition of mention in English:

mention

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛnʃ(ə)n
 
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verb

[with object]
1Refer to (something) briefly and without going into detail: I haven’t mentioned it to William yet [with clause]: I mentioned that my father was meeting me later
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  • I shall briefly mention some instances of how each of the two problems may be solved.
  • First of all I must mention two parks very briefly; these parks are well known but underrated and largely ignored.
  • I briefly mention the difficulty of shopping with one eye in bandage.
Synonyms
1.1 [with object] Refer to (someone) as being noteworthy, especially as a potential candidate for a post: he is still regularly mentioned as a possible secretary of state
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  • He was also mentioned as a candidate for the bowling coach of the national side.
  • I've heard a few people mention me as a Rookie of the Year candidate, but I don't like to think about that stuff.
  • That's like trying to talk about the history of free market economics and not mention the name Adam Smith.
Synonyms
state, say, let someone/anyone know, declare, disclose, divulge, let out, reveal, intimate, indicate; put forward, advance, present, propound; tell, speak about/of, utter, communicate, breathe a word of
informal let on about
recommend, commend, endorse, advertise, put in a good word for, speak well of
informal puff, hype (up), plug

noun

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1A reference to someone or something: their eyes light up at a mention of Sartre [mass noun]: she made no mention of her disastrous trip to Paris
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  • In fact the survey question made no mention of shutting out vehicles, nor denying access to a major section of the Desert Park and to the gullies.
  • She made no mention of the challenges faced by the workers exploited by the minimum-wage employers.
  • The trial judge did not seem to turn his mind to it and of course we know that defence counsel made no mention of it either.
Synonyms
reference to, allusion to, comment on, remark about; statement, announcement, indication
1.1A formal acknowledgement of something noteworthy: he received a special mention and a prize of £100 [mass noun]: two other points are worthy of mention
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  • There are a couple noteworthy mentions among the supporting cast as well.
  • Also worthy of a mention at this juncture are the two tasty releases I received recently from Hit and Run records featuring the multi genre defying Audio Deluxe.
  • But other plants are equally worthy of a mention.
Synonyms
tribute, citation, acknowledgement, recognition, honourable mention, hat tiprecommendation, commendation, endorsement, a good word
1.2 (in full mention in dispatches) British An instance of being mentioned in dispatches: the unit was awarded fifteen mentions
More example sentences
  • England's Jason Leonard passed Philippe Sella's international record of 111 caps in the semi-final against France and gets a mention in dispatches for that alone.
  • ‘And I know that certain matches got a mention in dispatches and I thought, ‘oh, I did that game.’
  • He was given a special mention in dispatches for this.

Origin

Middle English (originally in make mention of): via Old French from Latin mentio(n-); related to mind.

Phrases

be mentioned in dispatches

British Be commended for one’s actions by name in an official military report: the squadron can be proud of the fact that two of the aircrew were mentioned in dispatches
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  • During this war, Gort was mentioned in dispatches nine times, won the Military Cross, the Distinguished Service Order with two bars and in September 1918, was awarded the Victoria Cross for outstanding bravery.
  • Ronald Clack was injured by shrapnel at Arnhem and was mentioned in despatches and was demobbed at the end of the war with a Bombardier's stripes on his battledress sleeves.
  • He was a soldier from 1845 to 1882, and fought in the Crimean War - where he was mentioned in dispatches for bravery.

don't mention it

A polite expression used to indicate that thanks or an apology are not necessary: ‘Thanks very much.’ ‘Don’t mention it, dear boy.’
More example sentences
  • Man, don't mention it; what are friends for?
  • No, don't mention it; I'm sorry I knocked you over.
  • ‘Please don't mention it,’ Vicki snapped slightly.
Synonyms
don't apologize, it doesn't matter, it makes no difference/odds, it is unimportant, that's all right, never mind, don't worry

mention someone in one's will

Leave a legacy to someone: three sons and two daughters are mentioned in his will
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  • If Mr. Gates has kept his word, then we will be mentioned in his will.
  • The lawyer concluded, ‘And, to my cousin Phil, who always hated me, argued with me, was envious of me, and thought I would never mention him in my will… well, you're wrong.’

not to mention

Used to introduce an additional point which reinforces the point being made: I’m amazed you find the time, not to mention the energy, to do any work at all
More example sentences
  • You may end up with lung or heart problems, risking quite a few forms of cancer, and not to mention what it can do to an unborn child.
  • His is by far the most comprehensive coverage in the blogosphere, not to mention that he really knows his stuff.
  • The band are highly energetic, unique and lots of fun, not to mention very talented.
Synonyms
in addition to, as well as; not counting, not including, to say nothing of, aside from, besides

Derivatives

mentionable

adjective
More example sentences
  • We've got, now, a surplus that is barely mentionable, $200 billion or $300 billion, according to their estimation of it.
  • The first Computer based tutorial has animated lessons, rhymes and stories, which certainly are of mentionable quality.
  • When Cawood batted only Stuart Baxter made a mentionable score.

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