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mention

Syllabification: men·tion
Pronunciation: /ˈmen(t)SH(ə)n
 
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Definition of mention in English:

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
More example sentences
  • 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] Make a reference to (someone) as being noteworthy, especially as a potential candidate for a post: he is still regularly mentioned as a possible secretary of state
More example sentences
  • 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, indicate, let someone know, disclose, divulge, reveal
recommend, commend, put in a good word for, speak well of

noun

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1A reference to someone or something: their eyes light up at a mention of Sartre she made no mention of her disastrous trip to Paris
More example sentences
  • 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, remark of/about/regarding, statement about/regarding, announcement of, indication of
1.1A formal acknowledgment of something outstanding or noteworthy: he received a special mention and a prize of $100 two other points are worthy of mention See also honorable mention.
More example sentences
  • 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
recommendation, commendation, a good word

Origin

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

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  • mind from (Old English):

    English mind shares its ancient root with Latin mens ‘mind’, from which demented (mid 17th century), mental (Late Middle English), and mention derive. The mind can do many wonderful things, including ‘boggling’. The phrase the mind boggles, meaning that someone becomes astonished or overwhelmed at the thought of something, is first recorded in the 1890s. Boggle itself is probably a dialect word related to bogle ‘a phantom or goblin’ and bogey ‘an evil or mischievous spirit’. Someone may have warned you to mind your Ps and Qs, ‘be careful to behave well and avoid giving offence’. The expression has been known since the 1770s, but its exact origins are uncertain. One obvious suggestion is that it comes from a child's early days of learning to read and write, when they might find it difficult to distinguish between the two tailed letters p and q. Another idea suggests that printers had to be very careful to avoid confusing the two letters when setting metal type. Mind how you go!, meaning ‘be careful, look after yourself’, has been common in Britain since the 1940s. It was popularized by the long-running BBC TV series Dixon of Dock Green ( 1955–76), in which it was a catchphrase of the avuncular PC George Dixon, along with evening all.

Phrases

don't mention it

1
A polite expression used to indicate that an apology or an expression of thanks is not necessary.
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, it's not important, never mind, don't worry

mention someone in one's will

2
Leave a legacy to someone.
Example sentences
  • 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

3
Used to introduce an additional fact or point that 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

1
adjective
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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