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

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 Brabrand made no mention of the possibility of some drivers following bus routes just to practice their skills. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "To keep bus drivers on the payroll, Fairfax County Public Schools directs some to drive empty buses along old routes," 10 Sep. 2020 But the advisory made no mention of any public access other than to say media interested in covering could watch a livestream of the event on www. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Joe Biden to speak in Warren on Wednesday, but details remain murky," 8 Sep. 2020 To the surprise of many, Grenell made no mention of LGBTQ+ issues. Kate Sosin, USA TODAY, "Republicans are waffling on LGBTQ+ issues. Will it matter?," 7 Sep. 2020 He was troubled at the time by the absence of any mention of indigenous Texas Mexican cuisine. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "New documentary ‘Truly Texas Mexican’ traces the indigenous food heritage of the borderlands," 4 Sep. 2020 At that point, Williams and Burdett argue, Timothy made no mention of being pressured by either Williams or Burdett, both criminal defense attorneys, to falsify Williams’ business deductions. John Simerman,, "City Councilman Jason Williams, law partner allege 'selective and vindictive prosecution'," 2 Sep. 2020 Trump also made no mention of protesters trying to defend themselves against the vigilante. Elly Belle,, "Trump Defended Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse. Are You Surprised?," 1 Sep. 2020 Since its first mention some three years ago, the theory has drawn adherents looking for a clear way to explain recent disorienting global events. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Katelyn Beaty: QAnon is the alternative religion that’s coming to your church," 25 Aug. 2020 Torres also said his community was concerned about the lack of mention of any kind of environment social group programs or environmental social responsibilities to maintain some areas. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Harris County residents want representation in restructured flood control task force," 31 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The officer tells Joe that Daniel was again taken to Strong Memorial Hospital but doesn't mention his condition. Melanie Schuman And Kelly Mccleary, CNN, "Daniel Prude's brother said he was acting erratic, suicidal before his deadly interaction with police," 4 Sep. 2020 Census data are also used to distribute $800 billion in federal aid each year, but Trump’s order referred only to political apportionment and did not mention funding. Bob Egelko,, "Trump lawyers double down on excluding undocumented immigrants from 2020 census," 3 Sep. 2020 Burkette issued a statement about his resignation today but did not mention the criminal case. Mike Cason |, al, "Former Alabama Sen. David Burkette arrested for campaign finance violation," 3 Sep. 2020 In 92% of death certificates that mention the virus, COVID-19 was the underlying cause of death, according to the NCHS. Daniel Funke, Detroit Free Press, "No, the CDC did not ‘quietly adjust’ US coronavirus deaths," 1 Sep. 2020 The new controls also mention licenses are required for exporting some of the core technology in drone manufacturing and speech recognitions, which could affect pioneers like drone maker DJI and AI giant iFlytek. Jane Li, Quartz, "China’s maneuver means TikTok’s US suitors could end up with a shell company," 31 Aug. 2020 Someone with heart problems can still be killed by COVID-19, and the death certificate could mention both as contributing. Beatrice Dupuy, Star Tribune, "CDC has not reduced the death count related to COVID-19," 31 Aug. 2020 Matrimonial advertisements in newspapers prominently mention candidate’s caste and requirement. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "In the spotlight with a Netflix show, India’s elite matchmakers reinvent an age-old tradition," 25 Aug. 2020 The 1979 policy determined who is responsible for maintenance of San Diego’s streets, but that policy doesn’t mention dirt or unimproved streets. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s racial equity push focuses on 40 miles of dirt streets in low-income areas," 23 Aug. 2020

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

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18 Sep 2020

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“Mention.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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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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