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.


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


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


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.


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

Bezos made no direct mention of the divorce in his annual letter, maintaining distance between the company’s operations and his personal life. Washington Post, "Bezos Rebuts Warren’s Amazon Breakup Call in Antitrust Defense," 18 Sep. 2019 Lottie made no mention of performing in front of the celeb judges. Megan Stein, Country Living, "This Is What It's Really Like to Audition for 'American Idol'," 8 Sep. 2019 The law makes no mention of race, the Washinton Post reports. Diane Herbst,, "Mississippi Wedding Venue Rejects Interracial Couple Due to 'Christian Belief' and Then Apologizes," 3 Sep. 2019 The company’s website made no mention of the recall or its online vision tests as of Tuesday afternoon. Lisa Schencker,, "Chicago company’s online vision test gets pulled by FDA in win for eye doctors," 28 Aug. 2019 While Pugh disclosed her ownership of Healthy Holly LLC on her annual city financial disclosure forms, the city code makes no mention of disclosing sources of revenue for businesses that officials own. Ian Duncan,, "Baltimore City Council passes new, tighter ethics rules after Pugh scandal," 19 Aug. 2019 Packer’s book makes no mention of Mexico, while Cuba is only referenced in terms of the Missile Crisis of 1962. David Rieff, Harper's magazine, "An American in the Treetops," 19 Aug. 2019 But this trailer pointedly makes no mention of Bhaer, and the French actor who plays him, Louis Garrel, does not appear. Constance Grady, Vox, "The trailer for Greta Gerwig’s Little Women promises a focus on women’s ambition, not romance," 13 Aug. 2019 The obituary made no mention of the Boston Marathon scandal. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Rosie Ruiz, who cheated to win Boston Marathon, dies at 66," 10 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Warming temperatures, increased fire danger and a shrinking snowpack in the Sierra were all issues mentioned last year in the league’s State of Redwoods Conservation Report. Peter Fimrite,, "Biggest private sequoia grove to be preserved in deal with Redwoods League," 17 Sep. 2019 Then there was the 9-year-old boy mentioned in that prescient June 24 email. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Missed phone calls, changing stories: How E. coli spread at the San Diego County Fair," 17 Sep. 2019 Tuesday and Wednesday are important game-week practice days for the Cardinals, Satterfield mentioned on Saturday. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Will Jawon Pass or Malik Cunningham start for Louisville football vs. Florida State?," 16 Sep. 2019 The Harbor Patrol operates under development permits from 1995 and 2008 that explicitly mention maintaining public access to the beach and docks via water and land. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "County seeks after-the-fact permission for Harbor Patrol changes to dock and beach access in Newport," 14 Sep. 2019 The University of Michigan confidence index showed cracks in August, with one in three consumers spontaneously mentioning tariffs. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Recession or Slowdown? Why You Should Care About the Difference," 13 Sep. 2019 The contradiction created a fault line in Strait’s alibi that grew when the Aurora officers mentioned that his blood was found inside Domenico’s home. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "A Pennsylvania man’s DNA linked him to a 33-year-old Aurora homicide. He died by suicide this summer.," 13 Sep. 2019 The single climbed in all the metrics mentioned except downloads after the CD went on sale. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Nogizaka46 Sells Over 1 Million CDs to Lead Japan Hot 100 as Fitz and the Tantrums Top Video Views," 13 Sep. 2019 Since her appointment two months ago Mrs von der Leyen has mentioned the single market only in passing (see article). The Economist, "A singular opportunity," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of mention


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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English Language Learners Definition of mention

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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


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.


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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a topic to which one constantly reverts

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