mention

noun
men·​tion | \ ˈmen(t)-shən \

Definition of mention

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of citing or calling attention to someone or something especially in a casual or incidental manner There was hardly a mention of the plan's possible dangers.
2 : formal citation (see citation sense 3) for outstanding achievement The journalist received special mention for her reportage on the recent advances in cancer research.

mention

verb
mentioned; mentioning\ ˈmen(t)-​sh(ə-​)niŋ \

Definition of mention (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make mention of : refer to also : to cite for outstanding achievement
not to mention
: not even yet counting or considering : and notably in addition a proposal that's risky and expensive, not to mention unethical

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Other Words from mention

Verb

mentionable \ ˈmen(t)-​sh(ə-​)nə-​bəl \ adjective
mentioner \ -​sh(ə-​)nər \ noun

Examples of mention in a Sentence

Noun

In her speech, she carefully avoided any mention of her costar. There was barely a mention of the plan's possible dangers. The mere mention of blood makes me ill. I get nervous at the mention of his name. Her contributions deserve a mention. One other issue deserves special mention.

Verb

She's never mentioned anything to me about her husband. I get nervous every time his name is mentioned. They mentioned him by name. I believe I mentioned the problem to you last week. Most history books don't even mention the event. As previously mentioned, his proposal has been widely criticized. He fails to mention, however, the seriousness of the crime. She mentioned that she would be out of the office the following day.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The trustees released the text of their budgetary requests through the 2020 fiscal year last week, which noted a tuition increase but made no mention of adjuncts, despite the protests. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Education Workers on Campuses Around the Country Are Demanding Better Labor Conditions," 10 Jan. 2019 However, a quick scan of the contest's rules includes no mention of contestants agreeing to any sort of ongoing filmed content as part of the contest (especially since most of the three-month period will be spent in participants' home cities). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pokémon Go creators launch AR-game contest that (nearly) resembles American Idol," 21 Dec. 2018 The very first mention of American Jews eating in a Chinese restaurant dates to 1899, when the American Hebrew journal criticized Jews for eating at non-kosher restaurants. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years.," 21 Dec. 2018 The mere mention of the name Anna Harvey could make people sit up straight and pull themselves together. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Remembering Anna Harvey, the Vogue Editor Who Dressed Princess Diana and Translated the Magazine’s Style Across the World," 15 Oct. 2018 In a statement about the shooting on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made no mention of future legislation, and instead thanked first responders who were at the scene. Daniella Diaz, CNN, "GOP senators point to school safety, mental health -- and not gun control -- for Santa Fe response," 21 May 2018 Tuesday had the most mentions with more than 893,000, above Gillette’s daily average of about 1,300 mentions for the previous 25 days. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Gillette’s Ad With a #MeToo Edge Gets Mixed Reactions," 17 Jan. 2019 The weapon-release system has probably been disabled and there’s no mention of the Phazotron RLPK-29 fire-control radar system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "For Sale: One MiG-29 Fighter Jet, Gently Used," 9 Jan. 2019 Still, other mentions of Time's Up were seemingly hollow, like Timberlake and Skarsgård's the year prior. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Golden Globes 2019 Lacked Sexual Assault and Harassment Protests Despite Time's Up Effort," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Not to mention, the foil traps heat, which expedites the cooking process, so something that might normally take a good hour will only need 30 minutes or less. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "14 Foil-Pack Dinners You Can Make in Less Than 30 Minutes," 11 Feb. 2019 The result would have been a permanent decrease in actual tonnage of green-house gases going into the atmosphere and warming the globe, not to mention the money saved by those who really need it. WSJ, "Well-Sited Wind Towers Make Good Sense," 11 Feb. 2019 There are also settings to separate the microphone track from the rest of the recording–not to mention turning on and off the microphone for recording in the first place. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "AMD ReLive review: A stylish video capture tool for Radeon graphics cards," 31 Jan. 2019 Not to mention, the Sounders have long envisioned playing in an MLS Cup final at CenturyLink Field, and the rules changes combined with their stacked lineup now makes that an entirely possible outcome. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders open 2019 training camp with stacked roster, lofty goals," 23 Jan. 2019 Though the two most nominated films—The Favourite and Roma—are acclaimed and generally well-liked, there were plenty of divisive choices on the list, not to mention the inevitable slew of disappointing snubs. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Snubs, Surprises, and New Records Set By The 2019 Oscar Nominations," 22 Jan. 2019 The truth is, trying to plan an elaborate date that blows all your other dates out of the water is really hard — not to mention, intimidating. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "11 Reasons Being Single on Valentine's Day Is Actually the Best," 14 Jan. 2019 Who could forget the conspiracy theories surrounding Taylor Swift’s naval — not to mention the follow-up memes. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Photo of Gigi Hadid's "Missing" Belly Button Is a Total Optical Illusion," 13 Jan. 2019 Over eons, plant and animal remains (not to mention hominins) have been found in the caves. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of mention

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mention

Noun and Verb

Middle English mencioun, from Anglo-French mencion, from Latin mention-, mentio; akin to Latin meminisse to remember, ment-, mens mind

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mention

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mention

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short statement about something or someone : an act of mentioning something or someone

mention

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mention (Entry 2 of 2)

: to talk about, write about, or refer to (something or someone) especially in a brief way
: to refer to or suggest (someone) as having a possible role or status

mention

noun
men·​tion | \ ˈmen-shən \

Kids Definition of mention

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short statement calling attention to something or someone She made no mention of the dangers.

mention

verb
mentioned; mentioning

Kids Definition of mention (Entry 2 of 2)

: to refer to or speak about briefly … I was sorry I had mentioned his past.— Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain

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