mention

noun
men·​tion | \ ˈmen(t)-shən How to pronounce mention (audio) \

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 How to pronounce mentioning (audio) \

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 How to pronounce mentionable (audio) \ adjective
mentioner \ ˈmen(t)-​sh(ə-​)nər How to pronounce mentioner (audio) \ 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 Kim’s state media has made no mention of the U.S. elections this past week, focusing instead Monday on reports about cement production and self-reliance. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "North Korea watches Biden victory with one finger on the missile test trigger," 9 Nov. 2020 But the Fed’s policy statement, issued after a two-day meeting, made no mention of lawmakers’ failure to act. Martin Crutsinger, USA TODAY, "Fed keeps rates near zero, promises to take further steps if the economy weakens amid COVID-19 pandemic," 5 Nov. 2020 But the Fed's policy statement, issued after a two-day meeting, made no mention of lawmakers' failure to act. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, "Fed signals readiness to do more for economy as virus rages," 5 Nov. 2020 But the Fed's policy statement, issued after a two-day meeting, made no mention of lawmakers' failure to act. Arkansas Online, "Fed signals readiness to do more for economy as virus rages," 5 Nov. 2020 The duke made no mention of his experience with the illness at last week’s Pride of Britain awards. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Hid Coronavirus Diagnosis for Six Months To “Avoid Alarming the Public”," 2 Nov. 2020 Although the new law made no mention of race, Democratic members of Congress, clergy members and civil rights groups all saw it as meant to subdue the Black vote ahead of Obama’s re-election bid. Desiree Stennett, orlandosentinel.com, "Voter suppression was spark that ignited Ocoee Massacre. A century later, Florida’s Black voters are still facing obstacles," 22 Oct. 2020 The commonwealth’s top attorney made no mention of the two casings at a September news conference announcing the indictment against Hankison. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Louisville police sergeant involved in Breonna Taylor raid sues her boyfriend; new evidence revealed," 30 Oct. 2020 During Apollo’s earnings call that month, Black made no mention of his dealings with Epstein after 2008, saying only that his family entities had retained the financier’s services from time to time. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Apollo’s Leon Black explains why he still did business with Jeffrey Epstein," 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Not to mention a tantalizing rainbow of other fruits, vegetables, herbs, (all at excellent price points), such as dozens of different species of apples, berries, lemongrass, nopales... Joanna O' Leary, Chron, "How do we love thee, Fiesta? Let us count the ways," 11 Nov. 2020 That punch was probably a combination of frustration and disappointment (not to mention the pain of a hamstring injury). Dallas News, "Tyler Biadasz’s unusual pregame injury felt like a microcosm of the struggling Cowboys' wacky season," 9 Nov. 2020 And that’s not to mention two months after the Kentucky Derby. Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., will host the 14-race, $31-million event that in the racing world is more important but less recognizable than the Kentucky Derby. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Breeders’ Cup Juvenile showcasing top 2-year-olds to highlight the 14-race event," 5 Nov. 2020 Trump, who frequently lauds rising markets, failed to mention the decline on Wednesday. Zeke Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Watch live: Trump, Biden appeal to Florida voters to turn out in person," 29 Oct. 2020 Trump, who frequently lauds rising markets, failed to mention the decline on Wednesday. Arkansas Online, "Trump, Biden appeal to Florida voters to turn out in person," 29 Oct. 2020 Trump, who frequently lauds rising markets, failed to mention the decline. Zeke Miller, Star Tribune, "Trump fights headwinds as he and Biden battle over Florida," 29 Oct. 2020 Trump, who frequently lauds rising markets, failed to mention the decline on Wednesday. Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, "Chasing votes in Florida, Trump, Biden encouraging voters to turn out in person on Election Day," 29 Oct. 2020 The same day of her assault, the company sent out a notice about the price change for a shoe but failed to mention that a serial rapist had been targeting Payless stores in the area. Lola Ogunnaike, Marie Claire, "Gabrielle Union Talks About Zaya and Kaavia," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for mention

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The first known use of mention was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

17 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mention.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mention. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for mention

mention

noun
How to pronounce mention (audio)

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 How to pronounce mention (audio) \

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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