note

1 of 2

verb

noted; noting

transitive verb

1
a
: 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.
2
a
: 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.
noter noun

note

2 of 2

noun

1
a(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
2
a
: 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
3
a(1)
(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
4
a
: distinction, reputation
a figure of international note
b
: observation, notice
took full note of the proceedings

Illustration of note

Illustration of note
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Choose the Right Synonym for note

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Then, as now, hunters or others on public land who see something that doesn't look right should note the location, with GPS coordinates if possible, and report it to law enforcement. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 19 Nov. 2022 When conducting your online search for the perfect machine, note that not all treadmills are created equal. Bianca Rodriguez, Good Housekeeping, 16 Nov. 2022 Collectors should note that the toy's value today isn't the same value the plush will hold in a month, in a week or even tomorrow. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2022 One user paid for Twitter Blue for an account named @valvesotfware (note the clever typo), posing as video game publisher and distributor Valve to post a fake game sequel announcement, bamboozling some gamers. Jonathan Lee, Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2022 The flooding—expected, since the projects were built on marshlands—is an irony many residents are quick to note. Bill Spindle, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2022 The tailor should note that even if the shoulders fit, the rest of the coat may be too full. Lois Fenton, Arkansas Online, 6 Nov. 2022 Destiny owns the stage and has great presence, but all of the coaches note the vocal issues (and this is the voice, after all). Maggie Fremont, EW.com, 1 Nov. 2022 Together as Saucerful, the five pay tribute to Pink Floyd’s legacy without — as Mason is quick to note — being a tribute band. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Oct. 2022
Noun
Mark the side of the pot or make a mental note as to the fill line. David Holloway | Dholloway@al.com, al, 21 Nov. 2022 It’s a hopeful note, with Ezekiel (Khary Payton) named governor of the Commonwealth and a sense of stability and calm in the air following one final showdown with governor Pamela Milton (Laila Robins). Michael Schneider, Variety, 20 Nov. 2022 Contributions from defensemen helped the Detroit Red Wings end their first extended road trip on a winning note. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 20 Nov. 2022 For Birdie, a fragile character, Glasser created a scent reminiscent of the Old South, with magnolia and a French powder note. Jennifer G. Sullivan, Allure, 20 Nov. 2022 Aside from gaining note by offering us a certifiably freezing morning, Friday seemed to offer a vivid representation of the look and feel of November. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2022 Selecting Sport mode improved responses but also added artificial weight to the electric power steering and introduced a droning exhaust note. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 19 Nov. 2022 While the goal of playing professional football is looming, Robertson's focus for the moment is finishing his last college season on a winning note. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 19 Nov. 2022 Later Friday, Gillian Lester, dean of Columbia Law School, sent a note to the school community explaining her decision. Melissa Korn, WSJ, 19 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near note

Cite this Entry

“Note.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/note. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

note 1 of 2

verb

noted; noting
1
a
: to notice or observe with care
b
: to record or preserve in writing
2
: to make special mention of : notice
noter noun

note

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: a musical sound : tone
b
: an animal's cry, call, or sound
a bird's note
c
: 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
2
: a quality that shows a feeling
a note of sadness in your voice
3
a
: something written down often to aid the memory
I'll make a note of the appointment
b
: a brief and informal record
c
: a written or printed comment that helps explain part of the book
notes in the back of the book
4
a
: a written promise to pay
b
: a piece of paper money
5
a
: a short informal letter
b
: a formal diplomatic or official communication
6
a
: reputation sense 1, distinction
a scientist of note
b
: careful notice
take note of the exact time

Legal Definition

note 1 of 2

noun

1
a
: 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

note

2 of 2

transitive verb

noted; noting
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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