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 title also doesn’t note that the initiative would require a doctor to be present at all times, an expensive proposition for the clinics, the suit states. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "What’s in a name? Everything, unhappy California initiative backers say as they sue state," 2 Aug. 2020 Officials with the Arizona Department of Child Safety say children are seeking a sense of normalcy, while some child-welfare advocates note that classroom routines can be an important constant in foster children’s lives. Washington Post, "Live updates: White House says emergency payments likely to stop; U.S. tallies 1,400 coronavirus deaths in a day," 30 July 2020 Please note that this is a private residence throughout the academic year that is rented out in the summer, so the owners expect it to be treated with care. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Here’s how safe it is to book a vacation rental right now," 9 July 2020 Although some unemployed renters will get their jobs back as the economy reopens, housing advocates note that Ohio courts that process evictions are also reopening. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Ohio housing advocates warn of impending COVID-19 related eviction crisis and urge Congress to act," 5 June 2020 Wright went on to note that his story was just his own experience. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Nashville Man Urges People to Take Coronavirus Seriously After Two Positive Tests, 4 Months Apart," 13 July 2020 But in taking immigration measures that pleased Mr. Trump, note some experts in North American affairs, Mr. López Obrador is also keeping happy the growing number of Mexicans who see the Central Americans crossing their territory as a burden. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump hosts Mexican president as populism meets pragmatism," 8 July 2020 Given the ever-changing situation, be sure to note any property’s cancellation policy before booking. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Here’s how safe it is to book a vacation rental right now," 9 July 2020 First, Cosmic Lynx emails generally appear to be sent in Moscow Standard Time, though the researchers readily note that this timestamp can be manipulated. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Looks Like Russian Hackers Are on an Email Scam Spree," 7 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As Trump was meeting with workers who would shortly be laid off by the authority, Trump was passed a note from chief of staff Mark Meadows that said Lyash had called the White House and was promising to address the labor concerns. Author: Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump fires chair of Tennessee Valley Authority, cites hiring of foreign workers," 3 Aug. 2020 On a personal note, how are your people back there, outside of business, just personal life? Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Chef Simileoluwa Adebajo on fire that burned down San Francisco's first Nigerian restaurant," 3 Aug. 2020 Editor's note: This stories has been updated to correct the statistic on the number of Chicago murders recorded in July 2020. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Chicago murders jumped 139% in July compared to last year," 2 Aug. 2020 On a more interesting note, the Raiders signed Jason Witten from the Dallas Cowboys to a one-year deal worth up to $4 million. oregonlive, "Will the Raiders hit the jackpot in Las Vegas?: 10 questions facing the Las Vegas Raiders as training camp opens," 2 Aug. 2020 And despite it all, some -- including one of TikTok's most famous older users, who goes by the moniker Grandma Sandy -- sounded a note of hope. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "'Everyone is going cray cray': TikTok users freak out over possible US ban," 1 Aug. 2020 Men and women with money and time on their hands took note and discovered brewing beer. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Nothing to do but drink beer and brew beer': Home brewing is surging during the coronavirus crisis," 31 July 2020 The first was a note canceling the original wedding, and the second was an invitation to a shower-by-mail. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Cream cheese conundrum," 31 July 2020 In a farewell note, the group’s board of directors cited the cancellation of its mother-daughter weekend and annual author luncheon fundraiser, as well as the significant downsizing of its summit, which it was forced to hold virtually this year. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "Medical nonprofits forced to scale back as the pandemic upends their fundraising," 31 July 2020

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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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5 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Note.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/note. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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note

verb
How to pronounce note (audio)

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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