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

In the men’s open division alone, there are four references to the sitting U.S. President, two mentions of Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer and one each for Stormy Daniels and Kevin Spacey. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cover your ears: Over-the-Line evolves, but the raunchy team names remain," 14 July 2018 Rauner had spent much of his first term shunning any mention or discussion of Trump or controversial federal policies. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Rauner embraces Trump White House in Rosemont, calls Pence among the 'greatest leaders in American history'," 13 July 2018 Game of Thrones is again tops with 22 mentions after missing a year of eligibility in 2017, only narrowly besting the network’s chosen successor Westworld (21). Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: How Netflix Edged HBO and What It Means for This Year's Race," 12 July 2018 There were zero mentions of Papa John's, which Watt is a pitchman for. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "J.J. Watt asked for the best Italian restaurant in Houston and Olive Garden won out," 6 July 2018 Gurnee police received special mention in the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) annual survey for DUI enforcement after the village increased arrests by more than 40 percent between 2016 and 2017. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "'You do not want to drive drunk in Gurnee': Village recognized for 40 percent bump in DUI arrests," 6 July 2018 The attorney has removed all mentions of Donald Trump from his Twitter and LinkedIn profiles. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Michael Cohen Has Removed All Mention of Trump on His Social Media Accounts," 5 July 2018 The 2017 Labour Party rulebook, a 91-page document, contains 26 mentions of gender, 41 of BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic), 43 of ethnic and 11 of race, but only two of class. The Economist, "The special relationship once enriched Britain’s politics. No longer," 5 July 2018 The Ultra-Ever Dry site does make mention that the product is somewhat susceptible to UV exposure, but my application method is more likely to blame than anything else. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In listing examples of the kinds of groups eligible to apply for the money that remains, the CMS did not mention the grass-roots nonprofits that have done most of this work. chicagotribune.com, "Trump's cuts to grants that help Americans get ACA coverage are latest strategy to undermine the law," 11 July 2018 The second subpoena doesn’t mention any Maryland employee by name, but Turgeon’s program was drawn into the investigation of two recruits, including De Sousa, who allegedly received money to go to Kansas. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Uncertainty for Maryland and college basketball after latest FBI-driven subpoenas," 7 July 2018 Not to mention the brilliant writing for all of them. Julie Meister, The Christian Science Monitor, "What are you watching? Readers choose their favorite sitcoms," 6 July 2018 Not to mention, that the hair around the hairline is particularly prone to damage. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "5 Edge Control Mistakes That Are Hurting Your Baby Hairs," 6 July 2018 One of the most effective protest songs of 2018 doesn’t mention Donald Trump by name. Mikael Wood, kansascity, "KCK’s Janelle Monae and other pop artists shape the new sound of protest music," 6 July 2018 But the closed session minutes on April 9 and 23 don't mention any information about how much the jobs would pay. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte supports millions for Amazon, but doesn't know how much new jobs will pay," 5 July 2018 Not to mention it’s a 90 minute drive from New York City and only two square miles—ensuring no summer traffic, ever. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "Hamptons Not Your Scene? Consider the Low-Key Charm of Bellport, New York," 3 July 2018 As mentioned above, Prime Day 2018 is happening pretty much all of July this year. Emily Heller, Curbed, "What to expect from Amazon Prime Day 2018," 3 July 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

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

Verb

see mention entry 1

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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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