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

The Russian leader also noted that other leaders haven’t yet responded to Zelenskiy’s proposal and added that British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to step down within weeks. Washington Post, "Putin and Ukraine’s new leader discuss east Ukraine conflict," 12 July 2019 O’Donnell also noted that prior to the season, drivers predicted blocking would be required to stop passes and create plenty of wrecks. Bob Pockrass, USA TODAY, "NASCAR says 'eye test' and statistics prove 2019 package has elevated on-track passing," 11 July 2019 Horback also notes that dogs look for more visual cues, such as bared teeth or flattened ears, in their kin, whereas pigs will often rely on their sense of smell from a fellow pig’s mouth and snout. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Pet pigs can communicate with humans—especially when food is involved," 11 July 2019 Supporters also note that many other cities have successfully implemented even more aggressive inclusionary policies than what Gomez is proposing. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Business leaders, developers lining up against proposed San Diego housing policy," 11 July 2019 Harden’s attorneys also noted concerns with the evidence upon which Flores relied. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Analyzing Why James Harden Won Paparazzi Assault Trial," 10 July 2019 The mayor also noted that the account was never reimbursed for $7.3 million in expenses from Trump's 2017 inauguration. oregonlive.com, "President Trump’s July Fourth event and weekend protests bankrupted Washington security fund, mayor says," 10 July 2019 The mayor also noted that the account was never reimbursed for $7.3 million in expenses from Trump’s 2017 inauguration. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "President Trump’s Fourth of July event and weekend protests bankrupted Washington security fund, mayor says," 10 July 2019 Judge Mehta also noted that the Administration promulgated the rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, not the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees side-effect disclosures and other advertising regulations. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Rebuking Trump on Drug Prices," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rani-ki-Vav, or the queen’s stepwell, in Patan in Gujarat, graces the new 100-rupee note. The Economist, "India’s magnificent stepwells are relics of a nuanced history," 13 July 2019 School autonomy funds have been used for multiple goals, including improving school climate, parent involvement and student academic achievement, the complaint notes. Sonali Kohli, latimes.com, "LAUSD isn't properly keeping track of $1 billion for high-needs students, complaint alleges," 12 July 2019 In Wisconsin, the number of children with an ASD continues to increase each year, the agenda notes said. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three things you should know about a new autism technician program that could be coming to Waukesha County Technical College," 12 July 2019 The only sour note was the squabble over whether the players deserved the same pay as members of the men’s national team. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 11 July 2019 Even taking them just once per week can cause headaches to get worse in frequency and severity, the foundation notes. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Scientists Have Developed a Promising New Migraine Medication—Here's What You Should Know," 11 July 2019 The notes come due in August 2023, August 2026 and August 2029, respectively. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jack in the Box completes $1.3 billion refinancing," 9 July 2019 Investors who had purchased more than $600 million in debt securities were stunned when the company began to default on the notes. oregonlive.com, "Aequitas investors score major victory with $234.6 million settlement," 9 July 2019 Joyce, packing up the very last of their things, stumbles upon the note Hopper wrote for the heart-to-heart that never happened. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Stranger Things Season 3," 5 July 2019

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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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note

noun

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

noun

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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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

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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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