Definition of mention in English:

mention

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’
    • ‘You may mention insignificant findings briefly after providing significant findings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First of all I must mention two parks very briefly; these parks are well known but underrated and largely ignored.’
    • ‘They often mention things without clear details or explanations.’
    • ‘I briefly mention the difficulty of shopping with one eye in bandage.’
    • ‘I want also to mention the point raised by my colleagues about coal resources.’
    • ‘Somehow Mr Walker forgot to mention the film's award.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The book briefly mentions a handful of smaller communities but presents only ten photographs of them.’
    • ‘Before citing a few pertinent performance details, I must mention a curious error that appears in this production.’
    • ‘Among the other fortuitous details of my birth, I forgot to mention my actual birthday.’
    • ‘Financial advisers who conveniently forget to mention extra charges detailed in the small print of the contract are not uncommon.’
    • ‘Of the Middle English poets, Chaucer is the one who displays most knowledge of wine, although he tends to mention different wines only briefly.’
    • ‘It is worth mentioning this last result in more detail for he worked on a problem which had quite a famous history.’
    • ‘I shall briefly mention some instances of how each of the two problems may be solved.’
    • ‘In her introduction, she mentions this discussion will be a component of the third chapter.’
    • ‘He mentioned his own errors but not in as much detail as those of the government.’
    • ‘In its defense, the book does very briefly mention these events on an earlier page.’
    allude to, refer to, touch on, touch upon, speak briefly of, hint at
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    1. 1.1with 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A busy Dougray Scott is mentioned in the trade papers for a string of hot projects.’
      • ‘That's like trying to talk about the history of free market economics and not mention the name Adam Smith.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Note also that he mentions Anthony Daniels on Romania.’
      • ‘He was also mentioned as a candidate for the bowling coach of the national side.’
      • ‘So's Bill Hicks, who's never been shy about mentioning Bruce as an influence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Isaiah had heard people mention a man named General Glalaxien back in Alexandria, but he had only heard negative things about the man.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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noun

  • 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’
    • ‘He mentioned that prank calls had been received but he made no mention of a death threat.’
    • ‘No one other document received as many mentions as the motivating factor for the visit.’
    • ‘She made no mention of the challenges faced by the workers exploited by the minimum-wage employers.’
    • ‘A statement by the council after Tuesday's meeting made no mention of any punitive measures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He made no mention of increased funding for community pre-schools.’
    • ‘In his responses to the family relations circular, George made no mention of the marriage to Lena.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the time, the story was widely noted in the blogosphere but barely received a mention in the mainstream media.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It rarely receives a mention in mainstream dailies or on commercial news broadcasts.’
    • ‘Although the offers gave custody to Lawrence they made no mention of decision making with respect to the children.’
    • ‘He decided to try and listen for any mentions of prizes, money or competitions.’
    • ‘Had Celtic been winning at the time, his error would not have received a mention.’
    • ‘Flax, for example, receives six mentions in the Bible, and is the basis for linen production.’
    • ‘She made no mention of any physical threat to her when she was last arrested in any of her previous statements or interview.’
    • ‘Both announcements were noncommittal though, and the minister made no mention of how either program would be implemented.’
    • ‘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.’
    reference to, allusion to, comment on, remark about
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    1. 1.1 A formal acknowledgment of something outstanding or noteworthy.
      ‘he received a special mention and a prize of $100’
      ‘two other points are worthy of mention’
      • ‘The rarity of such a scene gives it a mildly startling effect here, which I thought was worthy of a mention.’
      • ‘In a classic World Cup game, Sulley Muntari, Stephen Appiah and Matthew Amoah were worthy of mentions.’
      • ‘But Nicholas Ryan wasn't the only St Farnan's player worthy of a mention.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Portlaw is worthy of a special mention as it had the cleanest bins and the least number contaminated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Esperanza's drinks and sweets are also worthy of a mention.’
      • ‘A check of the New Statesman reveals that Halliday has received 8 mentions, all of them by John Pilger.’
      • ‘But, the Moving piece was quite funny, Nic thought so anyway, so you can have a mention as a consolation prize.’
      • ‘But other plants are equally worthy of a mention.’
      • ‘The name of Sir Hardress Waller was to receive several mentions as he and his descendants had influence in the area for 300 years.’
      • ‘A couple of good character actors caught my eye and are worthy of a mention.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The production team of Mark Foxcroft, Richard Jones and Eddie Elbourne, all 17 years old, received a special mention for their hard work.’
      • ‘Once you receive a positive mention in the press, use it to your best advantage.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Phair's uses very slick production techniques on this recording - in fact, the producers receive prominent mentions in the promotional material.’
      tribute, citation, acknowledgement, recognition, honourable mention, hat tip
      recommendation, commendation, endorsement, a good word
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Phrases

  • don't mention it

    • A polite expression used to indicate that an apology or an expression of thanks is not necessary.

      • ‘‘Please don't mention it again,’ she said plainly.’
      • ‘Man, don't mention it; what are friends for?’
      • ‘‘Please don't mention it,’ Vicki snapped slightly.’
      • ‘‘Aw, don't mention it,’ I said, trying to sound cheerful.’
      • ‘No, don't mention it; I'm sorry I knocked you over.’
      • ‘‘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.

      • ‘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 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’
      • ‘It was so straining to keep a guise fully activated for so long, not to mention two.’
      • ‘His is by far the most comprehensive coverage in the blogosphere, not to mention that he really knows his stuff.’
      • ‘To cut characters in stone is not an easy task for normal people, not to mention for a man with one hand.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I felt drained and hungry, not to mention that my brain was filled with the desire of sleep.’
      • ‘I am in negative equity having to pay off the mortgage on this land, not to mention two lots of council tax.’
      • ‘He felt lost in this environment, not to mention that he was also a little frightened as well.’
      • ‘The band are highly energetic, unique and lots of fun, not to mention very talented.’
      • ‘That's a highly delusional, not to mention incredibly public, way of trying to connect.’
      • ‘It's absurd, not to mention very expensive, with a three month waiting list to re-take the test.’
      in addition to, as well as
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

mention

/ˈmɛn(t)ʃ(ə)n//ˈmen(t)SH(ə)n/