\ˈnōt \
noted; noting

Definition of note 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to notice or observe with care … instructors had noted that he did not perform well under pressure.— Stephan Wilkinson

b : to record or preserve in writing The detective noted the details of the witness's account of the robbery.

2a : to make special mention of or remark on The commendation notes the bravery of the fire fighter.

b : indicate, show Records fail to note what became of him.



Definition of note (Entry 2 of 2)

1a(1) obsolete : melody, song

(2) : tone sense 2a

(3) : call, sound especially : the musical call of a bird

b : a written symbol used to indicate duration and pitch of a tone by its shape and position on the staff

2a : a characteristic feature (as of odor or flavor)

b : something (such as an emotion or disposition) like a note in tone or resonance a note of sadness end on a high note

3a(1) : memorandum

(2) : a condensed or informal record

b(1) : a brief comment or explanation

(2) : a printed comment or reference set apart from the text

c(1) : a written promise to pay a debt

(2) : a piece of paper money

(3) : a government or corporate bond usually with a maturity of between two and ten years

d(1) : a short informal letter

(2) : a formal diplomatic communication

e : a scholarly or technical essay shorter than an article and restricted in scope

f : a sheet of notepaper

4a : distinction, reputation a figure of international note

b : observation, notice took full note of the proceedings

c : knowledge, information

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note 1b

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from note


noter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for note

Synonyms: Verb

follow, heed, listen (to), mind, observe, regard, watch

Synonyms: Noun

call, cry

Antonyms: Verb

disregard, ignore, tune out

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sign, mark, token, note, symptom mean a discernible indication of what is not itself directly perceptible. sign applies to any indication to be perceived by the senses or the reason. encouraging signs for the economy mark suggests something impressed on or inherently characteristic of a thing often in contrast to general outward appearance. a mark of a good upbringing token applies to something that serves as a proof of something intangible. this gift is a token of our esteem note suggests a distinguishing mark or characteristic. a note of irony in her writing symptom suggests an outward indication of an internal change or condition. rampant crime is a symptom of that city's decay

Examples of note in a Sentence


You may have noted my late arrival. The thing to note here is that people are suffering. It's interesting to note how quickly things have changed. Their objections were duly noted. As one official noted, the situation has begun to get out of control. As noted above most people survive the disease. “They've asked us to leave,” he noted with amusement.


She wrote a note to remind herself about the appointment. I left you a note on the kitchen table. making notes in the margins of a book She jotted down a few notes during the interview. After class, I usually study my notes and read the next chapter. I can't come to class today. Would you mind taking notes for me? His secretary took notes during our meeting. Please include a brief note about where the picture was taken. He writes in the program notes that the play was inspired by his own childhood. One final note: tickets will be available at the door the night of the concert.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Holmes said, also noting Hollywood used blackface or other types of offensive makeup to cast white actors to play ethnic minorities. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About Megyn Kelly’s NBC Exit," 26 Oct. 2018 Auster noted that the European Space Agency's Philae lander encountered a surface like cigarette ash when it was deployed to the surface of a comet in 2014. Megan Gannon,, "'Crazy' Rocky Surface of Asteroid Ryugu Revealed in MASCOT Lander Images," 13 Oct. 2018 In a statement, the city of Chesapeake noted their policy has been in place for 45 years, and during that time, nobody has been arrested or charged for violating it. Megan Friedman, House Beautiful, "A Town in Virginia Has Set A Strict Age Limit For Trick-or-Treaters," 11 Oct. 2018 As Pippa noted in her most recent column for Waitrose, walking has been an essential part of her fitness routine in the final month of pregnancy. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Proves That Prints Are a Maternity Style Essential in This Polka Dot Dress," 10 Oct. 2018 In an October 9 blog post, John Cable, director of program management for Windows Servicing and Delivery, noted that just one-hundredth of one percent of users who had chosen to download the October 2018 Update early had suffered data loss. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft restarts Windows 10 October 2018 Update, blaming data loss on misdirected folders," 9 Oct. 2018 And in no accident, the release notes that Unilever's news coincides with Dove officially gaining PETA accreditation as a cruelty-free brand. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Tons of Your Favorite Drugstore Products Are Officially Cruelty-Free Now," 9 Oct. 2018 But as Swaminathan noted, name recognition could backfire with any kind of public slip misstep or scandal. Rachel Siegel,, "Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire. Ever.," 14 July 2018 The table, as has often been noted, sometimes critically, is too small to properly seat everyone. Robert E. Gordon, WSJ, "A Multi-Layered Drama," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wealth Management’s chief investment officer, wrote in an investor note. David Hodari, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Up After White House Official Leaves Open Possibility of Trade Breakthrough," 27 Nov. 2018 At one point, Cleveland notes, sweat pouring down his face, that even 20 years earlier, in the thick of the fight, those assembled wouldn’t have known how gracious God would be to them to bring some justice. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "It took 46 years for Aretha Franklin’s concert doc to come out. The wait was worth it.," 15 Nov. 2018 This was a pleasant surprise, because Stanley Pearson has been a pretty one-note villain throughout most of the show. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "'This Is Us' Fans Learned So Much About Jack in Tonight's 'Vietnam' Episode," 16 Oct. 2018 However, the Mandalorians are far from being as one note, and factions within the society formed that argued for a more peaceful Mandalore. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Star Wars "The Mandalorian"," 5 Oct. 2018 Editor's note: This story has been corrected from an earlier version that included one reference to the primary planet of the potential exomoon as WASP-1625b. Mike Wall,, "First Exomoon Found? Neptune-Sized World Possibly Spotted Orbiting Alien Planet," 3 Oct. 2018 In so doing, people sometimes handle and even bathe the animals, raising the risk for bacterial transmission, the study notes. National Geographic, "Humans Gave Leprosy to Armadillos. Now, They’re Giving It Back," 28 June 2018 Editor's note: Below are some of our favorite stories of the week not published by SI. Staff,, "Weekend Read: Meet the 'Adopted Son' of NBA Summer League, Astroball's Release and More," 13 July 2018 Important note: The show is BYOB, although red wine is not allowed. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of note


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for note


Middle English, from Anglo-French noter, from Latin notare to mark, note, from nota


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin nota mark, character, written note

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Financial Definition of note

What It Is

In the finance world, a note is debt.

How It Works

Notes are typically medium-term debt, but not always. For example, Treasury notes (T-notes) are intermediate-term bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury. They mature in two, three, five or 10 years.

You might hear people use the phrase "carry the note," which means to take on debt from another issuer. For example, let's say you plan to purchase a business for $2 million. You have only $200,000 in cash for the seller and want to pay the seller over time for the rest. Essentially, you're borrowing $1.8 million from the seller, and the seller is "carrying a note" until you pay back that $1.8 million.

Why It Matters

There are many kinds of notes: municipal notes, Treasury notes, bank notes, promissory notes, etc. Like all debt, the terms vary, including the interest rates, face values, maturities and other provisions.

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tax anticipation note


Financial Definition of tax anticipation note

What It Is

A tax anticipation note (TAN) is a short-term note that a state or local government issues and expects to repay with imminent tax receipts.

How It Works

Town XYZ wants to purchase a new building to replace the old City Hall. The building costs $10 million. Town XYZ expects to pay $5 million cash for the building but needs to raise another $5 million. It expects to receive at least that much next April after the annual income tax filing deadline has passed, but the real estate deal is scheduled to close six months before that date, in October.

Because of the timing, Town XYZ issues $5 million of tax anticipation notes that mature in May. (Note that tax anticipation notes are typically issued at a discount, meaning that the investors will pay, say, 95% of the face value of each bond; the actual discount depends on the market and the issuer’s creditworthiness.) The notes pay buyers 5% interest per year. Remember, however, that the notes will be outstanding for less than one year.

Town XYZ is then able to purchase the building for $10 million in October. When April arrives, Town XYZ has its income tax receipts and uses a portion of them to repay the TANs (which generally get first dibs on tax receipts). TAN maturities are usually not longer than one calendar year.

Why It Matters

Tax anticipation notes provide state and local governments with a way to stabilize cash inflows and outflows during the year. In turn, this allows governments to proceed with capital projects immediately rather than waiting to have the actual cash in hand.

Tax anticipation notes are a type of municipal bonds -- investors are generally able to obtain interest tax-free.

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English Language Learners Definition of note

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to notice or pay attention to (something)

: to say or write (something)



English Language Learners Definition of note (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short piece of writing that is used to help someone remember something

notes : an informal written record of things that are said and done

: a short piece of writing that gives you information : a brief comment or explanation


\ˈnōt \
noted; noting

Kids Definition of note

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to notice or observe with care Note the differences between the two paintings.

2 : to record in writing Let me note down your address.

3 : to make special mention of His speech noted everyone's achievements.



Kids Definition of note (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a musical sound : tone

2 : a symbol in music that by its shape and position on the staff shows the pitch of a tone and the length of time it is to be held

3 : the musical call or song of a bird

4 : a quality that shows a feeling There's a note of sadness in your voice.

5 : something written down often to aid the memory I'll make a note of the appointment.

6 : a printed comment in a book that helps explain part of the text

7 : distinction sense 3 artists of note

8 : a short written message or letter a thank-you note

9 : careful notice Please take note of the time.

10 : frame of mind : mood She began the day on a happy note.

11 : a piano key

12 : a written promise to pay a debt

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Legal Definition of note 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a written promise to pay a debt specifically : promissory note in this entry

bank note

: a promissory note issued by a bank payable to bearer on demand but without interest and circulating as money

cognovit note \käg-​ˈnō-​vit-​, kōg-​ \

: a note in which the maker acknowledges the debt and authorizes the entry of judgment against him or her without notice or a hearing : a note containing a confession of judgment

collateral note

: a note secured especially by a collateral mortgage and pledged to secure an obligation of which a hand note usually serves as evidence

demand note

: a note payable on demand — compare time note in this entry

floating rate note

: a negotiable note that yields an indexed and periodically adjusted variable rate of interest

called also floater

hand note

: a note for an obligation secured by a collateral note

non-recourse note

: a note whose satisfaction upon default may be obtained only out of the collateral securing it

promissory note

: a note containing an unconditional promise to pay on demand or at a fixed or determined future time a particular sum of money to or to the order of a specified person or to the bearer

recourse note

: a note whose satisfaction upon default may be obtained from the debtor's assets other than and in addition to the collateral securing it

renewal note

: a note that continues an obligation due under a previous note

tax anticipation note

: a note issued by a state or municipality on pending tax revenue to fund immediate governmental expenditures

time note

: a note payable at a specified time in the future — compare demand note in this entry

Treasury note

: a negotiable note issued by the U.S. government with a maturity date of one to ten years from the date of issue

called also T-note

— compare Treasury bill at bill sense 7, Treasury bond at bond sense 2

b : a piece of paper money

2 : an exposition on a law-related topic especially found in a law review

noted; noting

Legal Definition of note (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to recognize the existence or presence of noted probable jurisdiction

2 : to make a notarial memorandum of nonpayment of (a negotiable instrument) on presentation

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