Definition of note in English:

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Pronunciation: /nəʊt/


1A brief record of points or ideas written down as an aid to memory: I’ll make a note in my diary lecture notes
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  • I was taking notes during the brief but my pen went dry midway through.
  • University is not just about sitting in lectures and taking notes, then going over to the library to do essays.
  • Yes, just taking notes can trigger your memory and revive all those important points.
record, account, entry, item, notation, minute, jotting, inscription;
memorandum, reminder, aide-memoire
informal memo
minutes, records, jottings, report, account, commentary, transcript, proceedings, transactions;
observations, impressions, details, data;
synopsis, precis, summary, sketch, outline
informal deets
1.1A short comment on or explanation of a word or passage in a book or article; an annotation: see note iv above
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  • The typeface has been chosen well and the use of lavender print in the word headings and margin notes makes this book a delight to read and to own.
  • It could be best described as a selection of readings accompanied with annotations and explanatory notes.
  • Each of the plays Shaver includes, however, is thoroughly annotated with explanatory notes that will ease the introduction of these texts into the classroom.
annotation, footnote, commentary, comment, gloss, explanation, explication, exposition, elucidation;
marginalia, exegesis
rare scholium
2A short informal letter or written message: I left her a note explaining where I was going
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  • I went back through to the kitchen and wrote a short note explaining what was on the disc.
  • I've kept everything: his letters, little notes and the messages he would write in his books.
  • You wrote a short handwritten note, which explained to me how, where and when to deliver the feedback to the external examiner.
message, communication, letter, missive, epistle, line;
2.1A short official document certifying a particular thing: you need a sick note from your doctor
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  • Any form of discrepancy on the delivery note will result in the whole invoice disallowed.
  • His favoured tool was the confession note, a certificate confirming that a penitent had been confessed by an authorized priest.
  • So, Monday when I left for work, I signed the back of the note, which authorizes delivery of the package.
2.2An official letter sent from the representative of one government to another: the Secretariat sent a diplomatic note to the embassy protesting about the sale of arms
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  • France sent a diplomatic note to the Thai government, detailing a series of demands.
  • The PNG government sent a second diplomatic note on April 7, again demanding an apology.
  • Mexico's foreign minister says he sent a diplomatic note to the United States protesting the law.
3British A banknote: a ten-pound note
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  • Donnie dug into his pocket and pulled out a ten-pound note and handed it over.
  • Even if A pays notes and coins into an account - typically not the case - it is basic law that that money is the bank's own, to use as it wishes.
  • He then pulled out a wad of $100 and $50 notes before paying the bill and leaving a $3 tip.
North American  bill, greenback
North American or historical Treasury note
archaic flimsy
(notes) paper money
3.1A written promise or notice of payment of various kinds: a credit note
4A single tone of definite pitch made by a musical instrument or the human voice: the last notes of the symphony died away
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  • Students will need to be able to play blocked seventh chords in one hand while playing single notes in the other hand, and read treble and bass clefs.
  • Some singers astonished the judges with their amazing control over their voice as they got tested in the nuances of musical notes in various ragas.
  • When a bow is drawn across a string, the result might be a musical note at the desired pitch, but on the other hand it might be an undesirable whistle, screech or graunch.
4.1A written sign representing the pitch and duration of a musical note.
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  • All this talk that one shouldn't change a single note in a score is nonsense.
  • Beneath the portraits and guitars is a rose of musical notes, symbolizing Elvis' lifelong love of music.
  • For a 14-year-old, just looking at the swirling and overlapping musical notes was daunting.
4.2A key of a piano or similar instrument: black notes
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  • Roman and italic type started to be used together in the same line at the same time black notes began to accompany white notes on the piano, both products of the same Baroque mindset.
  • It has also set a pattern before us of five black and seven white notes not to be argued with.
  • Chapters cover finding notes on the piano, hand positioning and an introduction to rhythm and musical notation.
4.3A bird’s song or call, or a single tone in this: the tawny owl has a harsh flight note
5 [in singular] A particular quality or tone that reflects or expresses a mood or attitude: there was a note of scorn in her voice the decade could have ended on an optimistic note
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  • On a final note, the physical quality of paperbound edition I own leaves much to be desired.
  • Improbably yet convincingly, the film ends on an optimistic note.
  • With his eye already on the future, and in particular on next year's World Cup, it was no surprise though to hear Woodward hit an optimistic note.
tone, intonation, inflection, sound, hint, indication, sign, element, streak, strain, vein, suggestion, suspicion
5.1Any of the basic components of a fragrance or flavour: the fresh note of bergamot
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  • The essential oil which can be distilled from them contains cineole, which is responsible for a eucalyptus-like note in the flavour.
  • The parsley oil I've used isn't absolutely necessary, but it adds an attractive, fresh green note to the soup.
  • Guests can enjoy every fragrant note without nicotine interference.


[with object]
1Notice or pay particular attention to (something): he noted his mother’s unusual gaiety [with clause]: please note that you will not receive a reminder that final payment is due
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  • We were both wearing our best clothes at the time so my mother was not pleased to note our bedraggled appearance on our return home.
  • They picked up their lists (please note the plural) of questions and the interview began.
  • I note the provision for notice of requirement for public documents.
bear in mind, be mindful of, consider, observe, take into account/consideration, take note of, listen to;
heed, take notice of, pay attention to, take in, pay regard to, be guided by
1.1Remark upon (something) in order to draw attention to it: we noted earlier the difficulties inherent in this strategy
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  • They also emphasize social context by noting that infrastructure builds upon an installed base.
  • We both looked around and noted the amount of attention we had drawn to ourselves.
  • None of them suggests that she is not remarkable, but they note her radical shifts.
mention, make mention of, refer to, allude to, touch on, hint at, indicate, point out, make known, state
2Record (something) in writing: he noted down her address on a piece of paper
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  • Flow charts are made, every progress in the investigation is meticulously noted down.
  • It is noted down on my - all the transfer documents are in the affidavit, your Honour.
  • I'm not sure how much of a difference this makes, but I'm happy to note it for the record.
write down, put down, jot down, take down, set down, mark down, inscribe, enter, mark, record, register, scribble, scrawl, pencil;
put in writing, put down on paper, commit to paper, put in black and white



of note

1Worth paying attention to: many of his comments are worthy of note
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  • We've heard from several readers today, with comments particularly worthy of note.
  • Several issues related to the estimation of Test cricket attendances are worthy of note.
  • Secondly, the social and cultural reactions to this newfound ability will be worthy of note.
attention, consideration, notice, heed, observation, thought, regard, care, attentiveness, mindfulness
2Important; distinguished: Roman historians of note include Livy, Tacitus, and Sallust
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  • She acknowledged that it was important for somebody of note to come and open the impressive facilities.
  • Once upon a time it was the Church to which belonged anyone in Ireland of note or importance.
  • Other players of note included Martin Boland, Daniel Murphy and Jonathan Farrell.
distinction, importance, eminence, pre-eminence, influence, illustriousness, greatness, prestige, fame, acclaim, celebrity, renown, repute, reputation, stature, standing, position, rank, consequence, account

strike (or hit) a false note

Appear insincere or inappropriate: she greeted him gushingly, and that struck a false note
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  • He did his best under difficult circumstances, but remained a tense, suspicious figure whose occasional attempts at cheery bonhomie always struck a false note with us.
  • She has not struck a false note or made a single misstep.
  • But my basic impression was that Edwards didn't strike a false note for the entire 90 minutes.

strike (or sound) a note of

Express (a particular feeling or view) about something: he sounded a note of caution about the trend towards health foods
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  • Chairman of Dale View Residents' Association Simon Goding has already sounded a note of caution.
  • It also struck a note of caution on blood donation camps.
  • The Name Of The Rose also struck a note of originality when first published.

strike (or hit) the right (or wrong) note

Say or do something in a way that that is very suitable (or unsuitable) for a particular audience or occasion: the republicans appeared to strike exactly the right note with the electorate
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  • But the idea has struck the wrong note with a leading Tory councillor.
  • It's odd that they haven't struck the right note; after all, music is one of the things television does very well, as is cheap melodrama - the combination of the two should have been obvious.
  • On the morning of the World Cup final in November, Grays shoved a message of support under my hotel room door where we were staying in Manly and it struck the right note, so to speak.

take note

Pay attention: employers should take note of the needs of disabled people
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  • Sandy makes two observations that are worth taking note of.
  • They will watch and take note, and they will record it all on film and video.
  • Maxwell took note of how attentively he was watching the scene unfold before him with quiet curiosity.





Middle English (in sense 4 of the noun and sense 1 of the verb): from Old French note (noun), noter (verb), from Latin nota 'a mark', notare 'to mark'.

Words that rhyme with note

afloat, bloat, boat, capote, coat, connote, cote, dote, emote, float, gloat, goat, groat, misquote, moat, mote, oat, outvote, promote, quote, rote, shoat, smote, stoat, Succoth, table d'hôte, Terre Haute, throat, tote, vote, wrote

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