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

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from note

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 An earlier version of this piece advocated for a bipartisan solution to surprise medical billing, but did not note that Congress included such a measure in a Covid relief package that was passed in late December 2020. Lanhee J. Chen, CNN, "If Biden wants to fix health care, he will need Republicans," 30 Apr. 2021 During a press conference last Friday, Wheeler asked residents to note the license plates of people who drive to the events and then don all black clothing and grab shields or weapons from their cars. oregonlive, "Portland police investigate veiled death threat against Mayor Ted Wheeler following calls to crack down on destructive demonstrators," 29 Apr. 2021 Some Republicans took to social media to note that Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred in the interim. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Five takeaways from Biden's maiden address to Congress," 29 Apr. 2021 Brides will be pleased to note that Tilbury’s palettes were designed to be compact enough to remain close at hand, the better for touch-ups throughout the big day. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "For Those in Search of the Perfect Wedding-Day Makeup, Charlotte Tilbury Has a New Collection," 29 Apr. 2021 Alsup had proposed requiring PG&E, when deciding where to turn off electricity because of fire danger, to note which electric lines were most at risk of being damaged by hazardous trees. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, "Federal judge takes action to improve PG&E power shut-offs, tree trimming," 29 Apr. 2021 To practice, listen to speeches from pro presenters and note not the words, but the space in between them. Jen Jamula And Allison Goldberg, Forbes, "Worried About Sounding Robotic? Here Are 5 Tips To Help.," 28 Apr. 2021 As President Biden is set to note successes in fighting Covid-19, the GOP will seek to remind Americans that vaccine efforts got rolling under the past president. WSJ, "Biden's Speech to Congress — Live Updates and Analysis," 28 Apr. 2021 But the slow approach has drawn criticism from some community members who note that most of the county’s school districts have invited all students back for in-person learning, and some did so as early as last fall. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sweetwater hires interim leader as permanent superintendent," 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Agencies stand to benefit as businesses look to spend on advertising and build brand awareness as the economy reopens, said media analyst Michael Nathanson in a note to investors Thursday. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "Ad Spending Jumps as Google, Facebook and Other Digital Players Ride Economic Rebound," 30 Apr. 2021 For transparency, a note about the security footage used in this video, which was first published by The Atlanta Journal Constitution. New York Times, "3 Indicted on Federal Hate Crime Charges in Ahmaud Arbery Shooting," 28 Apr. 2021 Wall Street is not impressed and the shock from these numbers is hard for investors to shake off, said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda, in a note to clients. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Dow sinks more than 300 points on worries about higher taxes," 22 Apr. 2021 Editor’s note: With live music and concert reviews on hold due to COVID-19, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is focusing on how Georgia musicians are spending their time in our feature, Mic Check. Melissa Ruggieri, ajc, "Mic Check: Zane Smith is on an unconventional path to rap success," 22 Apr. 2021 If the largest cryptocurrency isn’t able to break back above $60,000 soon, momentum signals will collapse, strategists led by Panigirtzoglou wrote in a note Tuesday. Joanna Ossinger, Fortune, "It’s a bad sign if Bitcoin doesn’t return to $60K soon, JPMorgan says," 21 Apr. 2021 On a related note, a big court battle between Apple and Epic Games is also imminent, with some of these same issues around the App Store being at the core of that court action. Andy Meek, BGR, "If you downloaded these iPhone apps, delete them immediately," 20 Apr. 2021 Included in the note was an announcement that a child had died as a result of an incident with the treadmill. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Consumer Product Safety Commission urges people with children or pets to stop using Peloton Tread+," 17 Apr. 2021 Attempts to curb that practice could lead to higher churn this year, particularly if and/or when the Covid cloud dissipates, Martin said in a note to clients. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, "Netflix Earnings: Another Quarter, Another Subscriber Numbers Game," 16 Apr. 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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2 May 2021

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“Note.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/note. Accessed 11 May. 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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