note

verb
\ ˈnōt How to pronounce note (audio) \
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.

note

noun

Definition of note (Entry 2 of 2)

1a(1) obsolete : melody, song
(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

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Noun

note 1b

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Verb

noter noun

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Noun

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

Verb 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. Noun 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 Those who note that their flags are no longer in the best condition might want to consider retiring them. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 4 June 2021 Financial Accountability Stimulus Group drew backlash from critics, who note that businesses will see a boost next month as the state begins cutting off extra payments to unemployed people. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Wheeler asked residents to note the license plates of people who wear all black clothing and grab shields or weapons from their cars. oregonlive, 4 June 2021 Whether your coleslaw is with or without mayonnaise, simple or chock-full of ingredients, a splash of this vinegar adds a welcome fruity and tangy note that's more balanced and not as sharp as other types of vinegar, like white or red wine vinegar. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 3 June 2021 The first point to note is that, in all cases, 45 minutes was better than 15 minutes (though the difference for the dark gray bars wasn’t statistically significant). Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 28 May 2021 It’s not new or exciting to note that the Republican Party has largely abandoned basic governance. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 27 May 2021 While a ransomware note the researchers recovered suggested that Apostle had been used against a critical facility in the United Arab Emirates, the primary target was Israel. Dan Goodin, Wired, 27 May 2021 The shift is better late than never, but note the apparent implication: While a political or scientific claim is disfavored by government authorities, Facebook will limit its reach. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On a personal note, Lewis recently returned to the City Beautiful for the wedding of her sister, Lydia. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, 6 June 2021 Kurt Campbell, the White House’s top leader on Asia policy, sounded a cautious note on ties between the two countries in an online discussion organized by Stanford University on May 26. Russell Flannery, Forbes, 6 June 2021 But, more special than that was the note Malin revealed on the inside cover—which was handwritten by Meghan herself. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 6 June 2021 It’s this last note that gives the creation much of its ‘edible’ gourmand quality. Lee Kynaston, Robb Report, 6 June 2021 An email to a boss or prospective client should be more formal than a quick note to your work spouse about where to have lunch or a happy hour cocktail. Meena Thiruvengadam, Fortune, 5 June 2021 Things started off on a good note for the Cubs with Kris Bryant’s two-run home run off Scott Kazmir in the first. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 5 June 2021 The federal student loan interest rate is set by adding the interest rate on the May 10-year note, 1.68%, to margins set by Congress. Colin Beresford, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 Brett also told the news agency that the person who left the time capsule even wrote a note apologizing for only leaving halfpennies. Ann W. Schmidt, Fox News, 5 June 2021

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First Known Use of note

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for note

Verb

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

Noun

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

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The first known use of note was in the 13th century

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“Note.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/note. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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note

verb

English Language Learners Definition of note

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: to notice or pay attention to (something)
: to say or write (something)

note

noun

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

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

note

verb
\ ˈnōt How to pronounce note (audio) \
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.

note

noun

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

note

noun

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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