Definition of mention in English:



  • 1 Refer 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’
    • ‘In its defense, the book does very briefly mention these events on an earlier page.’
    • ‘It is worth mentioning this last result in more detail for he worked on a problem which had quite a famous history.’
    • ‘The book briefly mentions a handful of smaller communities but presents only ten photographs of them.’
    • ‘He mentioned his own errors but not in as much detail as those of the government.’
    • ‘I want also to mention the point raised by my colleagues about coal resources.’
    • ‘Financial advisers who conveniently forget to mention extra charges detailed in the small print of the contract are not uncommon.’
    • ‘I shall briefly mention some instances of how each of the two problems may be solved.’
    • ‘You may mention insignificant findings briefly after providing significant findings.’
    • ‘In her introduction, she mentions this discussion will be a component of the third chapter.’
    • ‘First of all I must mention two parks very briefly; these parks are well known but underrated and largely ignored.’
    • ‘I suggest to listeners who are interested in this debate that they listen to some of the commentators' views, and I will mention three of them briefly.’
    • ‘Upon realising my error, it all felt a bit awkward, but neither of us could bring ourselves to mention my faux pas.’
    • ‘I briefly mention the difficulty of shopping with one eye in bandage.’
    • ‘Somehow Mr Walker forgot to mention the film's award.’
    • ‘Your friend might mean well but someone who is not trained to teach might forget to mention important details that you need to ski or board safely.’
    • ‘Before citing a few pertinent performance details, I must mention a curious error that appears in this production.’
    • ‘Of the Middle English poets, Chaucer is the one who displays most knowledge of wine, although he tends to mention different wines only briefly.’
    • ‘They often mention things without clear details or explanations.’
    • ‘While the introduction mentions the difference between woodcut and engraving, any determination of the distribution and proportion of these types of illustration seems left to a reading through.’
    • ‘Among the other fortuitous details of my birth, I forgot to mention my actual birthday.’
    allude to, refer to, touch on, touch upon, speak briefly of, hint at
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    1. 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’
      • ‘In particular I mention Bruce Anderson, who is at present the chair of the Auckland War Memorial board.’
      • ‘He named a member to contact in Newry but insisted that the Democrat didn't mention him as the source of the information if that person was contacted.’
      • ‘Note also that he mentions Anthony Daniels on Romania.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In it he mentions me as part of the original group but talks only of him and Pete being the scriptwriters, even though I had input from day 1.’
      • ‘So's Bill Hicks, who's never been shy about mentioning Bruce as an influence.’
      • ‘A busy Dougray Scott is mentioned in the trade papers for a string of hot projects.’
      • ‘Isaiah had heard people mention a man named General Glalaxien back in Alexandria, but he had only heard negative things about the man.’
      • ‘He was also mentioned as a candidate for the bowling coach of the national side.’
      • ‘As Ron mentions me extensively, and seems intent on discrediting the facts I have presented to your readers beforehand, please allow me to offer the following brief analysis.’
      • ‘Wheeler had been involved in a famous case involving a runaway slave called Jane Johnson; Crafts's narrative mentions her.’
      • ‘They didn't rate his display ahead of those legends but he was mentioned in their company.’
      • ‘That's like trying to talk about the history of free market economics and not mention the name Adam Smith.’
      • ‘He mentions David Hare as an example of a playwright who succeeds in merging theatre with politics.’
      state, say, let anyone know, let someone know, declare, disclose, divulge, let out, reveal, intimate, indicate
      recommend, commend, endorse, advertise, put in a good word for, speak well of
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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’
    • ‘He decided to try and listen for any mentions of prizes, money or competitions.’
    • ‘No one other document received as many mentions as the motivating factor for the visit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He mentioned that prank calls had been received but he made no mention of a death threat.’
    • ‘Had Celtic been winning at the time, his error would not have received a mention.’
    • ‘A statement by the council after Tuesday's meeting made no mention of any punitive measures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both announcements were noncommittal though, and the minister made no mention of how either program would be implemented.’
    • ‘It rarely receives a mention in mainstream dailies or on commercial news broadcasts.’
    • ‘He made no mention of increased funding for community pre-schools.’
    • ‘Consequently, a search engine receives many mentions, all included in the comparison calculation.’
    • ‘The drafts of the document I had seen earlier made no mention of shares, and I saw no reference to shares in this one.’
    • ‘It made no mention of costs, the need for toilet and catering facilities, extra turnstiles, a club shop or social club nor did it give a time-scale.’
    • ‘She made no mention of any physical threat to her when she was last arrested in any of her previous statements or interview.’
    • ‘A close friend who has kept in regular touch with the dead man's wife Lorraine and four children said she has made no mention of the investigation into his death.’
    • ‘Flax, for example, receives six mentions in the Bible, and is the basis for linen production.’
    • ‘At the time, the story was widely noted in the blogosphere but barely received a mention in the mainstream media.’
    • ‘Although the offers gave custody to Lawrence they made no mention of decision making with respect to the children.’
    • ‘In his responses to the family relations circular, George made no mention of the marriage to Lena.’
    reference to, allusion to, comment on, remark about
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    1. 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’
      • ‘Yes I know it's already been in the charts etc… etc… but then that's no reason not to give this a worthy mention.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He received a special mention in assembly on Friday, and was given a round of applause by his fellow pupils after they were told of the rescue.’
      • ‘There are a couple noteworthy mentions among the supporting cast as well.’
      • ‘Portlaw is worthy of a special mention as it had the cleanest bins and the least number contaminated.’
      • ‘They deserve better and therefore are worthy of a mention here.’
      • ‘Are you sufficiently worthy to get a mention on the news when certain life events occur?’
      • ‘A couple of good character actors caught my eye and are worthy of a mention.’
      • ‘Once you receive a positive mention in the press, use it to your best advantage.’
      • ‘But, the Moving piece was quite funny, Nic thought so anyway, so you can have a mention as a consolation prize.’
      • ‘The name of Sir Hardress Waller was to receive several mentions as he and his descendants had influence in the area for 300 years.’
      • ‘But other plants are equally worthy of a mention.’
      • ‘But Nicholas Ryan wasn't the only St Farnan's player worthy of a mention.’
      • ‘A check of the New Statesman reveals that Halliday has received 8 mentions, all of them by John Pilger.’
      • ‘Phair's uses very slick production techniques on this recording - in fact, the producers receive prominent mentions in the promotional material.’
      • ‘In a classic World Cup game, Sulley Muntari, Stephen Appiah and Matthew Amoah were worthy of mentions.’
      • ‘The rarity of such a scene gives it a mildly startling effect here, which I thought was worthy of a mention.’
      • ‘Esperanza's drinks and sweets are also worthy of a mention.’
      • ‘The production team of Mark Foxcroft, Richard Jones and Eddie Elbourne, all 17 years old, received a special mention for their hard work.’
      • ‘We avoid commenting on advertising here at the Last Post, but one ad in the Derry News last month caught our eye and is worthy of a mention.’
      tribute, citation, acknowledgement, recognition, honourable mention, hat tip
      recommendation, commendation, endorsement, a good word
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    2. 1.2British An instance of being mentioned in dispatches.
      ‘the unit was awarded fifteen mentions’
      • ‘Three years later, as a second lieutenant in Italy, his ‘gallantry and coolness’ leading his men earned him a mention in despatches.’
      • ‘He was made a companion of the Distinguished Service Order and awarded a DSO bar, a Distinguished Flying Cross and bar and received three mentions in dispatches.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jason White is not the only Scot to have received an honourable mention in dispatches from abroad.’
      • ‘Acting Sgt Robert Storey receives a mention in despatches for his leadership during the fighting there.’
      • ‘He was given a special mention in dispatches for this.’
      • ‘At the end of his tour, he was appointed MBE and received a second mention in dispatches.’
      • ‘I would have thought that, for physical endeavour at least, this deserves a mention in dispatches, if not your final list.’
      • ‘The 30-year-old had been considered for a mention in dispatches for his bravery in the line of fire while in that country.’
      • ‘‘And I know that certain matches got a mention in dispatches and I thought, ‘oh, I did that game.’’
      give a medal to, pin a medal on, honour, confer an award on
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  • be mentioned in dispatches

    • 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’
      • ‘He was mentioned in despatches for bravery and was twice wounded.’
      • ‘He was a soldier from 1845 to 1882, and fought in the Crimean War - where he was mentioned in dispatches for bravery.’
      • ‘In February 1854 he went to the Crimea where his efforts resulted in decorations and mention in dispatches.’
      • ‘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 mentioned in despatches for his part in the Normandy landings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Healey was twice mentioned in despatches for his bravery in the war.’
      • ‘With Brian Laudrup and Larsson mentioned in dispatches as players he could emulate he has quite enough to live up to.’
      • ‘Mr Howard was mentioned in dispatches for saving the lives of a high-ranking officer following an enemy ambush in 1953.’
      • ‘He rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and saw combat in the second world war, for which he was mentioned in dispatches.’
  • 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.’’
      • ‘‘Please don't mention it again,’ she said plainly.’
      • ‘‘Aw, don't mention it,’ I said, trying to sound cheerful.’
      • ‘No, don't mention it; I'm sorry I knocked you over.’
      • ‘‘Please don't mention it,’ Vicki snapped slightly.’
      • ‘Man, don't mention it; what are friends for?’
      • ‘‘Oh, that, don't mention it,’ said Karen, with a chuckle.’
      don't apologize, it doesn't matter, it makes no difference, it makes no odds, it is unimportant, that's all right, never mind, don't worry
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  • mention someone in one's will

    • Leave a legacy to someone.

      ‘three sons and two daughters are mentioned in his will’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘It was so straining to keep a guise fully activated for so long, not to mention two.’
      • ‘It's absurd, not to mention very expensive, with a three month waiting list to re-take the test.’
      • ‘His is by far the most comprehensive coverage in the blogosphere, not to mention that he really knows his stuff.’
      • ‘He felt lost in this environment, not to mention that he was also a little frightened as well.’
      • ‘To cut characters in stone is not an easy task for normal people, not to mention for a man with one hand.’
      • ‘I am in negative equity having to pay off the mortgage on this land, not to mention two lots of council tax.’
      • ‘The band are highly energetic, unique and lots of fun, not to mention very talented.’
      • ‘I felt drained and hungry, not to mention that my brain was filled with the desire of sleep.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That's a highly delusional, not to mention incredibly public, way of trying to connect.’
      in addition to, as well as
      not counting, not including, to say nothing of, aside from, besides
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Middle English (originally in make mention of): via Old French from Latin mentio(n-); related to mind.