Definition of note in US English:



  • 1A brief record of facts, topics, or thoughts, written down as an aid to memory.

    ‘I'll make a note in my diary’
    ‘Robyn arranged her notes on the lectern’
    • ‘This exercise fixes the subjects in my head the same way that taking notes at a lecture does, putting them in reliable and easily-accessible mental registers.’
    • ‘Yes, just taking notes can trigger your memory and revive all those important points.’
    • ‘The jury was listening intently, a few times taking notes.’
    • ‘He sat taking notes as prosecutors outlined the case.’
    • ‘Vince had pulled out a small notebook and was taking notes on her report.’
    • ‘He watches the proceedings, taking notes on which issues are raised and how the bills are tabled and passed.’
    • ‘It's only later, when I look over these words in my notes, that I realize he could just as easily be talking about his life.’
    • ‘Afterwards we spent the rest of the day in a lecture taking notes.’
    • ‘University is not just about sitting in lectures and taking notes, then going over to the library to do essays.’
    • ‘All agreed it was a good idea to make a note of what they had eaten if they noticed their baby seemed more gassy or fussy.’
    • ‘The man pulled out a notebook and scribbled across and down the page taking notes.’
    • ‘He painstakingly annotates and takes notes from the books and gets information downloaded from the Internet.’
    • ‘I carefully unfolded it and placed it over my notebook, so it looked like I was taking notes on the lecture.’
    • ‘She went through the motions of the day, listening to lectures, taking notes, and writing tests.’
    • ‘It's more the kind of book you want to go back and read again in more detail taking notes and picking up on the subtleties and connections you know you missed.’
    • ‘Instead of working on my story, I started taking notes about the people around me.’
    • ‘I was taking notes during the brief but my pen went dry midway through.’
    • ‘Less frequently, patients keep their record booklet and make a note of the result and dose following a telephone call from the hospital.’
    • ‘Taking notes during teachers' lectures wasn't his top priority, Markus admitted.’
    • ‘Dana, who was taking notes, scribbled something down onto her pad of paper.’
    record, account, entry, item, notation, minute, jotting, inscription
    minutes, records, jottings, report, account, commentary, transcript, proceedings, transactions
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    1. 1.1 A short comment on or explanation of a word or passage in a book or article; an annotation.
      ‘see note iv above’
      • ‘The book is laced with notes, side bar comments, references and documented examples to support his training ideology.’
      • ‘If you put a vertical photo in the template, you can use the left-over black space for a title or a note of explanation.’
      • ‘He had only been enabled to come to that conclusion, it was said, because he had imported into his reasoning process words which are to be found in the explanatory notes and not in the policy itself.’
      • ‘Protruding from each reserved book is a note of the inscription required.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The map and explanatory notes attached to the entry form were very well done.’
      • ‘To while away the time, they produced a Bible whose text was basically that of the Great Bible, but it was embellished with explanatory notes.’
      • ‘Your map and explanatory notes have been very helpful.’
      • ‘Not all annotations and marginal notes were politically motivated or denominationally influenced.’
      • ‘Nearer to the station they came across a hut onshore with some stacked wood and a book full of margin notes.’
      • ‘It could be best described as a selection of readings accompanied with annotations and explanatory notes.’
      • ‘It included marginal notes which commended it to the Puritans, who wished to study it without need of priestly interpretation.’
      • ‘This is a book that encourages marginal notes, because one wants to debate the issues and contentions Clark raises.’
      • ‘She does supply an explanatory note at the end, but, by the time you get to it, you realise you had somehow absorbed all this anyway.’
      • ‘The absence of explanatory notes or any other context relating to outside events is also a problem.’
      • ‘In the explanatory notes in the 1996 amendments of the regulations there is a reference to a committee.’
      • ‘Had I been more organised I'd have put an explanatory note inside.’
      • ‘Each of the plays Shaver includes, however, is thoroughly annotated with explanatory notes that will ease the introduction of these texts into the classroom.’
      • ‘I have added my own explanatory notes in the square brackets.’
      • ‘At the end of the book are 30 pages of explanatory notes as befits any good reference book, as well as a 14 page index.’
      annotation, footnote, commentary, comment, gloss, explanation, explication, exposition, elucidation
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  • 2A short informal letter or written message.

    ‘I left her a note explaining where I was going’
    • ‘I need light, she thought as she tried to read the message written on the note.’
    • ‘She dropped it in quickly, and then crumpled the note and envelope up.’
    • ‘I wrote him a note explaining that I got the letter, and I knew he loved me, but I was still loyal to my boyfriend.’
    • ‘I just wanted to write a short note to let you know how thrilling it was to finally meet you.’
    • ‘I do hope she's okay and not parked at the top of Beachy Head trying to find the right words for her note.’
    • ‘In the postbag was also a handwritten note and a few words of biography on Peter Seward.’
    • ‘I crumpled the note up and threw it into the fireplace.’
    • ‘My problem concerns my daughter, who at the end of last year wrote me a short note to the effect that she wanted no further contact with me.’
    • ‘It was explained to me that my mother-in-law would like me to write a short note to Lord Ram, as was the tradition.’
    • ‘You wrote a short handwritten note, which explained to me how, where and when to deliver the feedback to the external examiner.’
    • ‘I didn't even realize it was not a common word until reading your note.’
    • ‘I've kept everything: his letters, little notes and the messages he would write in his books.’
    • ‘With a rare smile, I began to read the short message that the note held.’
    • ‘Some students elaborated on topics and issues in their emails and notes posted on the message board while others were rather short.’
    • ‘I crumpled the note as best I could, and threw it over the wall.’
    • ‘Jane had written a short note, thanking me for reading romance novels in general and wishing me luck with my studies.’
    • ‘Matt crumpled the note up and aimed for the trashcan.’
    • ‘You want to be able to write a thank-you note or letters or whatever.’
    • ‘I went back through to the kitchen and wrote a short note explaining what was on the disc.’
    • ‘Taking out a small sheet of paper she wrote a short note and placed it under his hand.’
    message, communication, letter, missive, epistle, line
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    1. 2.1usually with modifier A short official document that certifies a particular thing.
      ‘you need a sick note from your doctor’
      • ‘The delivery notes of aftermarket motorcycle parts is quite impressive.’
      • ‘He accused local Kurdish officials of colluding in the expulsion and displayed an official note, bearing the stamp of the local mayor.’
      • ‘His favoured tool was the confession note, a certificate confirming that a penitent had been confessed by an authorized priest.’
      • ‘Any form of discrepancy on the delivery note will result in the whole invoice disallowed.’
      • ‘A signed note from a militia official or a local tribal leader is usually enough to pass muster.’
      • ‘So, Monday when I left for work, I signed the back of the note, which authorizes delivery of the package.’
      • ‘He admitted to being emotionally exhausted by the meeting, the official note recorded.’
      • ‘Needless to say, these are still official school notes.’
    2. 2.2 An official letter sent from the representative of one government to another.
      • ‘Britain and France, along with the USA and Russia, sent identical notes to Beijing.’
      • ‘Mexico's foreign minister says he sent a diplomatic note to the United States protesting the law.’
      • ‘The Russian side was informed of the Bulgarian position in an official note.’
      • ‘In April it was announced that the Russian government had sent several notes claiming ownership of Bulgartabac Holding property.’
      • ‘The PNG government sent a second diplomatic note on April 7, again demanding an apology.’
      • ‘France sent a diplomatic note to the Thai government, detailing a series of demands.’
      • ‘Bulgaria has filed an official note on the case to the Russia's foreign ministry.’
  • 3British A banknote.

    ‘a ten-pound note’
    • ‘A long queue formed as the Co-op machine started to deliver £20 notes instead of the tenners people were expecting.’
    • ‘Presumably Digby Brown didn't pay him in used notes.’
    • ‘Most credit cards and travellers' cheques are widely accepted, as are cash notes of the world's major trading currencies.’
    • ‘Donnie dug into his pocket and pulled out a ten-pound note and handed it over.’
    • ‘The man ran away after swiping several hundred pounds in notes from a cash till in the Co-op.’
    • ‘One elderly woman anonymously handed over a brown paper bag containing £1,000 in five- and ten-pound notes.’
    • ‘The detective paid for some stones using £360 cash in marked notes, which Johnstone later handed over after being suspended.’
    • ‘The Ellenor Foundation can turn old mobile phones, used postage stamps, empty toner and ink cartridges and foreign coins and notes into cash.’
    • ‘A keen member of a city amateur dramatic group, he put two ten-pound notes down the woman's cleavage and put his arms around her.’
    • ‘I believe that the abolition of £5 notes from Britain's cash machines has contributed to our tendency to overspend.’
    • ‘My wallet contains far more bits of plastic than cash notes, unfortunately.’
    • ‘Things got worse when Mrs Bloxsome increasingly noticed someone was stealing ten-pound notes from her purse.’
    • ‘He then pulled out a wad of $100 and $50 notes before paying the bill and leaving a $3 tip.’
    • ‘Ticket machines at tram stations have been overhauled because of the number of fake coins and notes used to pay for fares.’
    • ‘Mr Ormstone told the court that the money was not the same cash he had paid with and the notes were not marked.’
    • ‘Euro notes and coins become legal tender in 12 countries and ‘dual circulation’ begins.’
    • ‘Punters too pay 50 notes to get into the building, but then negotiate a fee with the strumpet of their choice.’
    • ‘The bar staff dressed as bunny girls and collection buckets on the bar grew fuller and fuller as people paid for drinks with notes and freely threw in their change, Mrs Kearns recalled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On return an £11 international departure tax must be paid in local notes.’
  • 4A single tone of definite pitch made by a musical instrument or the human voice.

    ‘the last notes of the symphony died away’
    • ‘Vocals materialize four minutes later, with an accompaniment of ringing notes that double the human voice.’
    • ‘Experience the musical notes of a wide variety, ranging from the pianos to the bells.’
    • ‘The voice was soft and calm, like a musical note in a classical piece right when the exposition ends.’
    • ‘Pythagoras discovered that the pitch of a musical note depends upon the length of the string which produces it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The stage itself seems like acres of space where each dancer is the focus of attention and every step has the clarity of Tchaikovsky's musical notes.’
    • ‘The ensuing Adagio with its long notes and plucked bass line made for welcome progress after a long first movement.’
    • ‘Touching each chorus with that raise in intensity whether it be a single bass note or a cymbal crash, what has appeared is a live show to match up to the reputation he has now built.’
    • ‘Then there is a series of slowly rising and rapidly, anxiously strummed bass notes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No musical notes fit together better than those which are exactly one octave apart.’
    • ‘Twins Michael and Jake Jones were so wheezy with asthma that they struggled to hold a single note on a penny whistle.’
    • ‘Natural musical notes are still heard across the Lake.’
    • ‘Some of these wind mobiles are in the shape of little pots and bell-shaped containers, with a bead or two that will strike against the rim and create those musical notes.’
    • ‘And both agreed it was best not to have a single note of music for that lengthy stretch of the film's narrative.’
    • ‘It was very unusual - I was the first - for a lyric tenor to sing all those notes in full voice.’
    • ‘I have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The track starts slowly with an electro beat that eventually gives way to a long drawn out synth bass line of three notes.’
    • ‘When a pianist hits a sour note, even the musically untrained can tell.’
    1. 4.1 A written sign representing the pitch and duration of a musical note.
      • ‘Best of all, folks can make music through GarageBand even if they lack an instrument, can't read notes or are devoid of real talent.’
      • ‘For a 14-year-old, just looking at the swirling and overlapping musical notes was daunting.’
      • ‘This consists simply of four notes written out on a single stave in breves.’
      • ‘Beneath the portraits and guitars is a rose of musical notes, symbolizing Elvis' lifelong love of music.’
      • ‘All this talk that one shouldn't change a single note in a score is nonsense.’
    2. 4.2 A key of a piano or similar instrument.
      ‘black notes’
      ‘white notes’
      • ‘It has also set a pattern before us of five black and seven white notes not to be argued with.’
      • ‘‘Even as a young child, the little piano bits I would play were all on the black notes, all the minor, dark keys,’ she recalls.’
      • ‘Chapters cover finding notes on the piano, hand positioning and an introduction to rhythm and musical notation.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 4.3 A bird's song or call, or a single tone in this.
      ‘the tawny owl has a harsh flight note’
      beep, bleep, meep, whine, buzz, warble, burr, signal
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  • 5in 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’
    • ‘Despite these grounds for pessimism, I would choose to conclude on an optimistic note.’
    • ‘Knott, therefore, ends his historical survey on a relatively optimistic note.’
    • ‘Improbably yet convincingly, the film ends on an optimistic note.’
    • ‘On a less nightmare-inducing note it seems the flavour of the week has been inquiries.’
    • ‘The voice was calm but it held a firm note of authoritative quality that only fools would disobey.’
    • ‘This adds an optimistic note to the story of architectural research.’
    • ‘Well, if I can end on a reasonably optimistic note, you are aware now that the Independent Police Complaints Commission has begun its work.’
    • ‘And it's nice to end on an optimistic note after the conversation you had with Andy.’
    • ‘Maybe she wanted to start her life on a fresh note and didn't want anything from her past, a friend reasoned it out for me.’
    • ‘On a final note, the physical quality of paperbound edition I own leaves much to be desired.’
    • ‘So in some ways, farming ends the year on a more optimistic note than it began it.’
    • ‘But Stuttaford ends his own piece on an optimistic note, and I would add one of my own.’
    • ‘He had his own reasons to strike a note of caution against the media references.’
    • ‘It might just be part of the world-wide Ford push, but I felt there was a personal note in Mike's attitude.’
    • ‘So on that naively optimistic note: Here's to many more decades!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The monochrome photography adds a harsh note, reflecting the grainy greys of this fearful life.’
    • ‘He strikes only one note of caution for aspiring American dancers.’
    tone, intonation, inflection, sound, hint, indication, sign, element, streak, strain, vein, suggestion, suspicion
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    1. 5.1 Any of the basic components of a fragrance or flavor.
      ‘the fresh note of bergamot’
      • ‘Guests can enjoy every fragrant note without nicotine interference.’
      • ‘The parsley oil I've used isn't absolutely necessary, but it adds an attractive, fresh green note to the soup.’
      • ‘The essential oil which can be distilled from them contains cineole, which is responsible for a eucalyptus-like note in the flavour.’
      trace, hint, suggestion, impression, suspicion, soupçon, touch, nuance, intimation, trifle, drop, dash, tinge, tincture, streak, vein, shred, crumb, shadow, breath, whisper, air, savour, flavour, element, overtone, scintilla, jot, bit, spot, speck, iota
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[with object]
  • 1Notice or pay particular attention to (something)

    ‘noting his mother's unusual gaiety’
    with clause ‘please note that you will not receive a reminder that final payment is due’
    • ‘The room itself is fine and I am pleased to note the lack of any sticky chocolatey confection on the pillow.’
    • ‘Please note that choir practice resumes in The Neale church on October 1st at 8pm.’
    • ‘Please note closing date for receipt of entries is Thursday, April 4, at 12 noon.’
    • ‘All members please note all meetings will be held every second Wednesday of each month.’
    • ‘Mr Paddy Oliver said he was pleased to note the progress made but was very disappointed that there was no mention of work at Crossmolina school.’
    • ‘If you are a blogger who has had this happen today, please note the guy's IP address and report it to the Net Abuse cops.’
    • ‘They were very pleased to note the village pump was surviving in its protective wrapping which is located opposite Askea House.’
    • ‘Please note the course is free of charge to family carers.’
    • ‘Please note all items should be clean and in good condition.’
    • ‘Please note the following: This is an integer calculation.’
    • ‘It is pleasing to note it will celebrate its tri-centenary this year.’
    • ‘And fans will be pleased to note the boys are back on tour this autumn in both the UK and Germany.’
    • ‘Please note it will be not fancy dress as originally stated.’
    • ‘Please note this course is only open to women at this time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Please note these announcements were collected before the derailment in case anyone thinks they are currently making light of the situation.’
    • ‘They picked up their lists (please note the plural) of questions and the interview began.’
    • ‘If the mistake was with the newspaper team, please note the error.’
    • ‘I note the provision for notice of requirement for public documents.’
    • ‘Please note the flashing part at the bottom of the balloons.’
    bear in mind, be mindful of, consider, observe, take into account, take into consideration, take note of, listen to
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    1. 1.1 Remark upon (something), typically in order to draw someone's attention to it.
      ‘we noted earlier the difficulties inherent in this strategy’
      • ‘Beyond this general observation, Tocqueville notes important changes in the mentality of the middle classes and the nobility.’
      • ‘A more general, cynical observation notes the large number of computer manuals filed under Non-Fiction.’
      • ‘O'Brian's live shows are noted for the way in which he draws in his audience.’
      • ‘So it is with some sadness I note the passing of Right To Reply.’
      • ‘Rae notes it was mentioned in one of the early planning reports.’
      • ‘I note the announced closure of one business in Gargrave.’
      • ‘He also extended his sympathy to those who came upon the scene of the accident, noting it was also a traumatic experience for them.’
      • ‘Two weeks ago we noted the first three courses of brick, upon which the timber frame building is built, were soaking wet.’
      • ‘Inundated by the big stories of the week, we failed to note an event that should not pass without remark.’
      • ‘Von Berg does note a continental divide in response to his Naked photographs.’
      • ‘He had gone on record before this game noting the infrequency of cup shocks in the north opposed to his native England.’
      • ‘I briefly note the unexplicated distinction their Lordships draw between legal and social policy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rao, who has toured four states to observe campaigns, notes a change in the presence of women in rallies.’
      • ‘They also emphasize social context by noting that infrastructure builds upon an installed base.’
      • ‘Not since Cameroon in 1990 has a nation made such an impact at this level and it's interesting to note the individuals who respond to the big occasion.’
      • ‘It is noted that the response rate is small at about a quarter of the total sample.’
      • ‘In the absence of any explicit comment, let me note a few deficiencies.’
      • ‘Van Zyl has repeatedly noted the need for Carlow players to take responsibilities.’
      mention, make mention of, refer to, allude to, touch on, hint at, indicate, point out, make known, state
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  • 2Record (something) in writing.

    ‘he noted down her address on a piece of paper’
    • ‘Anglers who fish the waterways will then be asked to record the number of tagged fish, note the length and pass on the details to the trust.’
    • ‘Although she was deeply shocked, she noted down the registration number of the van the man got into and passed it on to police.’
    • ‘Doctors noted diagnosis and management in patients' records as usual.’
    • ‘If you'd like to keep a record, write down the temperature, noting the time of day.’
    • ‘Test extinguishers monthly, document the date and note the name of the inspector who performed the test.’
    • ‘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 am merely recording this as part of an ongoing series noting the deaths of famous people.’
    • ‘The answer, given loud enough for all to hear, was then noted down by the clerk.’
    • ‘He duly noted down what he thought he missed out.’
    • ‘I need to return to my core values, Hall noted in his diary.’
    • ‘As they pulled out Angus looked back and saw Crowe standing at the car park entrance noting Savage's car registration number in his notebook.’
    • ‘It was also important to note the specific day of the week under the date.’
    • ‘In fact he noted in his diary that after negotiations concluded many Indians thanked him.’
    • ‘As I watched the film, I wrote Lea an email, just noting parts of the film that I particularly related to.’
    • ‘It is worth noting the following details of dates and places where meetings were held.’
    • ‘Then, note the output level of the signal generator and record it as reference level 1.’
    • ‘The couple did not have time to note the registration number.’
    • ‘He provided no reason for changing the time frame from that which administration officials had previously noted.’
    • ‘On the Tuesday several events occurred that would be noted in this diary.’
    • ‘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
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  • of note

    • 1Worth paying attention to.

      ‘many of his comments are worthy of note’
      • ‘It took a while for the game to burst into life and there had been little of note prior to Chorley breaking the deadlock seven minutes before the break.’
      • ‘We've heard from several readers today, with comments particularly worthy of note.’
      • ‘It was a point worthy of note but in the grand scheme of things it was nothing more and their victory is something Spartans can be truly proud of.’
      • ‘There is one e-mail, however, that may be more worthy of note than the others.’
      • ‘Several issues related to the estimation of Test cricket attendances are worthy of note.’
      • ‘There is a safe with its door ajar, but no contents of note.’
      • ‘Secondly, the social and cultural reactions to this newfound ability will be worthy of note.’
      • ‘If ever there is a man worthy of note, a man of the highest calibre, it's him.’
      • ‘Actually, an encouraging development, which is rather curious in the context, is worthy of note.’
      • ‘So far I've seen a lot of weather and nothing else worthy of note.’
      attention, consideration, notice, heed, observation, thought, regard, care, attentiveness, mindfulness
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    • 2Important; distinguished.

      ‘Roman historians of note include Livy, Tacitus, and Sallust’
      • ‘Harrogate stand-off Lee Cholewa is a player of note, but he is currently having a bad time with his goal-kicking.’
      • ‘It was true: the descendants of William Tell had all played cricket, and had all been bowlers of note.’
      • ‘Other equipment of note includes an extensive collection of vintage guitars and mics.’
      • ‘Another resident of note, who came from the area, is the author Johnny O'Brien.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She acknowledged that it was important for somebody of note to come and open the impressive facilities.’
      • ‘Witt, on the other hand, is only 16 and already he's marking himself as a blues guitarist of note.’
      • ‘Other later medieval timber-framed buildings of note in the village include two inns, the George and the Ship.’
      • ‘Included in the programme are a number of entertainers of note.’
      distinction, importance, eminence, pre-eminence, influence, illustriousness, greatness, prestige, fame, acclaim, celebrity, renown, repute, reputation, stature, standing, position, rank, consequence, account
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  • strike (or hit) a false note

    • Appear insincere or inappropriate.

      ‘she greeted him gushingly, and that struck a false note’
      • ‘Garner never strikes a false note, and she wins us over completely.’
      • ‘There was something in the way Kate and Owen interacted that struck a false note.’
      • ‘It is a tone that's played especially right in a film that doesn't strike a false note.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Working as a honed ensemble, the cast never strikes a false note.’
      • ‘While it takes a little while to find its stride (and strikes a false note during its city-based sequence), the film does eventually provide a rewarding and frequently enriching experience that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.’
      • ‘But my basic impression was that Edwards didn't strike a false note for the entire 90 minutes.’
      • ‘It's passages like this, where he talks about his message, that strike a false note in the tone and the language used.’
      • ‘It is a skillful blend of comedy and drama that never wavers or strikes a false note.’
  • strike (or sound) a note of

    • Express (a particular feeling or view) about something.

      ‘he sounded a note of caution about the trend toward health foods’
      • ‘He had his own reasons to strike a note of caution against the media references.’
      • ‘The Name Of The Rose also struck a note of originality when first published.’
      • ‘Lest all this appears to be a matter of course, it is important to strike a note of extreme caution.’
      • ‘Chairman of Dale View Residents' Association Simon Goding has already sounded a note of caution.’
      • ‘He strikes a note of caution, however, borne out by years of experience.’
      • ‘It also struck a note of caution on blood donation camps.’
      • ‘It would be easy to strike a note of gloom, but it has often seemed a year of good cheer.’
      • ‘I was not interested in self-revelation but in striking a note of common experience.’
      • ‘He believes Chelsea, strengthened by two more powerful signings, will do it again but acknowledges they may be reaching their peak and sounds a note of caution.’
      • ‘This emergency-aid fundraiser strikes a note of hope after the catastrophe, and so does the conclusion of Dr. Hussain's statement.’
  • take note

    • Pay attention.

      ‘investors should take note of the company’s resilience’
      • ‘At the time, many observers took note of the role that charitable foundations had played in this upheaval.’
      • ‘Similar thoughts occupied Sarah's mind as she took note of her horrid appearance again.’
      • ‘He noted the role of my father and also took note of the tensions between my parents.’
      • ‘I didn't bother in noting where she was taking me and just watched her back, taking note of her posture and behavior.’
      • ‘She took note of the burn marks as well and drew her own conclusion, her eyes widening with panic.’
      • ‘In the days following, some commentators took note of this glaring omission.’
      • ‘Items ranged freely from one stall to another, and Alisa's sharp mind took note of all.’
      • ‘They will watch and take note, and they will record it all on film and video.’
      • ‘Sandy makes two observations that are worth taking note of.’
      • ‘Maxwell took note of how attentively he was watching the scene unfold before him with quiet curiosity.’
      pay attention, take heed, heed, give heed, take notice, take note, mind, observe, watch, follow, notice, mark, bear in mind, give a thought to, take into consideration, take into account, take to heart, hang on, accept, believe
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  • hit (or strike) the right (or wrong) note

    • Say or do something in a way that is very suitable (or unsuitable) for a particular audience or occasion.

      • ‘So no wonder some of the schemes that have been suggested strike the wrong note.’
      • ‘Michael Ford struck the right note with his students and continued working with them after they moved schools.’
      • ‘It certainly strikes the right note with Jean, a schoolteacher from Virginia, who plays White Christmas on the piano and we all join in.’
      • ‘Campaigners struck the right note at their meeting in Whitby last night.’
      • ‘But the idea has struck the wrong note with a leading Tory councillor.’
      • ‘And I think he strikes the right note - to some extent just by communicating in this fashion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was certainly strong stuff, but it struck the right note for many.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Every field situation is different and initial luck in meeting good informants, being in the right place at the right time and striking the right note in relationships may be just as important as skill in technique.’


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