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spoken English62.27%written English37.73% conversational speech23.3%task-oriented speech76.7%
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Definition of the noun mention

What does mention mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: mentions

  1. a remark that calls attention to something or someone
    • examples: she made frequent mention of her promotion | there was no mention of it
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of mention: reference
    • more generic words: comment / input / remark = a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
    • more specific words:
      • allusion = passing reference or indirect mention
      • retrospection = reference to things past
      • name-dropping = the practice of casually mentioning important people in order to impress your listener
  2. a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
  3. an official recognition of merit

Alternative definition of the noun mention


  1. A speaking or notice of anything, usually in a brief or cursory manner. Used especially in the phrase to make mention of.

Definition of the verb mention

What does mention mean as a doing word?

Mention is one of the top 1000 most common verbs. It is used mostly in task-oriented speech, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in task-oriented spoken English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: mentioned | mentioning | mentions

  1. make reference to
    • example: His name was mentioned in connection with the invention
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen said a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen said a few words to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]He says, 'It has to go.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]He ordered that he go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]John suggested that he should go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it | I explained how to do it | John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do | I explained what he should do | John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do | I explained what to do | John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Mr. Jacobson announced to the trading mob: 'We're going to trade on the bell.'

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): advise, announce, articulate, blab, blurt, claim, confess, confide, convey, declare, note, observe, proclaim, propose, recount, reiterate, relate, remark, repeat, report, reveal, say, state.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of mention: advert / bring up / cite / name / refer
    • more generic terms: have in mind / mean / think of = intend to refer to
    • more specific terms:
      • remember / commend = mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship
      • speak of the devil = mention someone's name who just then appears
      • remember = mention favorably, as in prayer
      • quote / cite = refer to for illustration or proof
      • touch on = refer to or discuss briefly
      • appeal / invoke = cite as an authority
      • namedrop = refer to people that one assumes one's interlocutors admire in order to try to impress them
      • bring up / raise = put forward for consideration or discussion
      • dredge up / drag up = mention something unpleasant from the past
      • cross-refer = refer from one entry to another, as in catalogues, books, and lists
  2. make mention of
  3. commend
    • example: Sam and Sue mention the movie
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of mention: cite
    • more generic words: acknowledge / notice = express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with

Alternative definition of the verb mention


  1. To speak of something.


Mention: A mention is a means by which a blog post references or links to a user's profile. This may be done as a matter of getting the attention of another user of a social networking or blogging service, as a matter of replying to the other user's post, or as a matter of "tagging" a user in a post. As of 2012, no standard for mentioning a user in a blog post has been developed, and various approaches have been developed.

Phrases with Mention

Phrases ending with the word Mention:

  1. to mention
  2. not to mention
  3. honorable mention

Other phrases containing the word Mention:

  1. Don't Mention It
  2. Come to Mention It
  3. Now You Mention It
  4. Use-mention distinction

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Mention

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Google previewChristgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s (2000)

by Robert Christgau

A ** Honorable Mention is an likable effort that consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well enjoy. A * Honorable Mention is a worthy effort that consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may ...

Google previewLectures on the Philosophy of Art (2014)

The Hotho Transcript of the 1823 Berlin Lectures by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

The first thing to mention is the character of the objects as such.

Google previewHicks & Goo's Cases and Materials on Company Law (2011)

by Alan J. Dignam, Andrew Hicks

The second matter to mention is the companies' insolvency. Insolvency in connection with a winding-up petition means inability to pay debts as they fall due and not a deficiency of assets as compared with liabilities. Indeed, insolvency in that ...

Google previewGuns 101 (2011)

A Beginner's Guide to Buying and Owning Firearms by David Steier

one firearm that should get special mention is the Rogue Rifle Company's Chipmunk. the Chipmunk is a “ single-shot bolt action,” .22 rimfire rifle that is scaled down for small shooters.

Google previewBuddhism for Today - and Tomorrow (1996)

by Sangharakshita

The first important difference to mention is that meditative consciousness depends less on the physical senses. Much of the time ordinary human consciousness is sense-oriented. Sense impressions constantly seep in through the eye, ear, ...

Google previewAlsip (2014)

by Patrick E. Kitching and Susan L. Bruesch

A notable mention is the old F.S.C. paper mill warehouse, which became infamous for “the eight day fire” that burned for over a week in the late 1970s. Future Mark Paper now occupies the ...

Google previewWörterbuch der Handels-, Finanz- und Rechtssprache / Dictionary of Commerical, Financial and Legal Terms / Dictionnaire des Termes Commerciaux, Financiers et Juridiques (2012)


Vermerk m | note || mention f | Anerkennungs~ | acknowledgment || mention de reconnaissance | Beglaubigungs~; Bestätigungs~; Beurkundungs~ | authentication || constatation | Dienst~ | service (official) notice || mention de service | Domizil~ ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Language and Linguistics (2010)

by Alex Barber, Robert J Stainton

talk about the use/mention distinction. The distinction between mentioning a word , picture, or mental representation, and using it to communicate or entertain a thought is best illustrated by example. Sentence (1) uses the word 'Boston,' and ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Pragmatics (2009)

by J.L. Mey

inside quotation marks, to form its 'quote name,' if they want to mention it instead of using it, as in (2). Linguists, in contrast, typically use italics, labeled ...

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Usage statistics about mention

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb mention:

spoken English62.27%written English37.73% conversational speech23.3%task-oriented speech76.7%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb mention:


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In making up the character of God, the old theologians failed to mention that He is of infinite cheerfulness. The omission has caused the world much tribulation. (Michael Monahan)
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Scrabble value of M3E1N1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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