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note

verb

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1 to make a statement of one's opinion
  • I'd like to note that I don't care for that tone of voice

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2 to make a written note of
  • a waitress hurriedly noting our orders

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3 to make note of (something) through the use of one's eyes
  • note the artist's rendering of the trees, how their leaves seem to dance in the wind

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4 to make reference to or speak about briefly but specifically
  • the lecturer noted several sources where listeners could go for further information

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5 to take notice of and be guided by
  • please note that the office will be closed tomorrow

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note

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Synonyms & Antonyms of note (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a usually brief written reminder
  • I'll make a note to myself so I don't forget to pick up some milk on the way home

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2 a message on paper from one person or group to another
  • write a friendly note to the neighbors asking them to keep the noise down

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3 a natural vocal sound made by an animal
  • can you distinguish between the notes of the whippoorwill and the mockingbird?

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4 a piece of printed paper used as money in the United States
  • will you be paying in coins or notes?

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5 a special quality or impression associated with something
  • spoke with a note of irritation in her voice

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6 overall quality as seen or judged by people in general
  • a writer of note among readers of modern poetry

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7 a briefly expressed opinion
  • let me read a few notes I jotted down while you were auditioning

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8 a state of being aware
  • during my long convalescence I had taken note of which friends had helped me and which ones had found other things to do

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9 something that sets apart an individual from others of the same kind
  • an intense, full-bodied red wine with all of the spicy notes for which that grape variety is famous

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Frequently Asked Questions About note

How is the word note distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of note are mark, sign, symptom, and token. While all these words mean "a discernible indication of what is not itself directly perceptible," note suggests a distinguishing mark or characteristic.

a note of irony in her writing

When could mark be used to replace note?

The words mark and note can be used in similar contexts, but mark suggests something impressed on or inherently characteristic of a thing often in contrast to general outward appearance.

a mark of a good upbringing

When is it sensible to use sign instead of note?

The words sign and note are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, sign applies to any indication to be perceived by the senses or the reason.

encouraging signs for the economy

Where would symptom be a reasonable alternative to note?

In some situations, the words symptom and note are roughly equivalent. However, symptom suggests an outward indication of an internal change or condition.

rampant crime is a symptom of that city's decay

In what contexts can token take the place of note?

The meanings of token and note largely overlap; however, token applies to something that serves as a proof of something intangible.

this gift is a token of our esteem

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

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“Note.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/note. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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