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

But notice how that four-tuner section makes no mention of watching live TV on four devices at once? Chris Welch, The Verge, "Amazon Fire TV Recast review: the cord cutter’s DVR," 14 Nov. 2018 The indictment makes no mention of the election outcome. Amber Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "6 questions about the indictment of 12 Russians for hacking," 13 July 2018 The document made no mention of Japanese citizens that country has accused North Korea of abducting. Fortune, "Trump and Kim Signed a 4-Point Peace Pledge at Their Summit. Here's What It Says," 12 June 2018 The network made no mention of any disciplinary action. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Comic Samantha Bee apologizes to Ivanka Trump for slur," 1 June 2018 While rumors initially suggested Meghan's father would receive a coat of arms, the palace statement made no mention of the Markle family. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Meghan Markle's Coat of Arms Compares to the Middletons'," 25 May 2018 Although Congress fended off the budget and mission cuts, a spending deal signed in March made no mention of the CMS. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Trump White House quietly cancels NASA research verifying greenhouse gas cuts," 9 May 2018 President Donald Trump announced Pruitt’s ouster as a resignation, and didn’t mention of any of the accusations. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "How Scott Pruitt Blew It: A List of Scandals That Led to the EPA Chief's Resignation," 5 July 2018 One of the Pruitt controversies that Mink did not mention is the millions of dollars the public has spent on his personal security detail. Avi Selk, chicagotribune.com, "Why a teacher carried her 2-year-old up to Scott Pruitt's restaurant table and asked him to resign," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Barber even subtlety tweeted out the lyrics mentioning her on Sunday (July 8). Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Decoding All of Drake's References on 'In My Feelings'," 13 July 2018 At one point, space at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center was mentioned, said Mullins. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Culture Stock leaves downtown Aurora building with future site unknown," 13 July 2018 In all, 30 names are mentioned with varying degrees of legend. 9. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "The 10 best songs about baseball," 6 July 2018 One woman mentioned her repeated calls to 911, saying the police had done nothing. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 Around the time Yardley and Garrett arrived, my mom noticed patches of blood in my bile but didn’t mention it. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 Nearly all the articles about Zimmerman mentioned her work with this still-relatively-unknown group — and the timing was perfect, as IfNotNow launched their first major campaign since the Gaza conflict just a few days later. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018 Neither Mr Johnson nor Mr Davis even mentioned the problem of the Irish border in their lengthy resignation letters. The Economist, "What doesn’t kill her makes Theresa May stronger," 12 July 2018 After his home was vandalized with a racial slur last year, a contemplative LeBron James mentioned Emmett Till in a subsequent press conference. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Fresh Justice for Emmett Till?," 12 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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