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[men-shuh n] /ˈmɛn ʃən/
verb (used with object)
to refer briefly to; name, specify, or speak of:
Don't forget to mention her contribution to the project.
to cite formally for a meritorious act or achievement:
He was mentioned in dispatches from the war zone.
a direct or incidental reference; a mentioning:
to make mention of a place.
formal recognition for a meritorious act or achievement:
Her entry in the science competition received a special mention.
not to mention, in addition to; without mentioning:
We were served a sumptuous entree, not to mention the other courses.
1250-1300; < Latin mentiōn- (stem of mentiō) a calling to mind, a touching upon (see mental1, -ion); replacing Middle English mencioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related forms
mentionable, adjective
mentioner, noun
intermention, verb
premention, noun, verb (used with object)
remention, verb (used with object)
undermentioned, adjective
unmentioned, adjective
1. indicate, allude to. 3. allusion, notice. Unabridged
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  • His sources no longer exist and he alone mentions this birth.
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  • He mentions the story to her, and she says that she likes it and takes it for her own.
  • The various sagas of icelanders contain numerous mentions of freyja.
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British Dictionary definitions for mentions


verb (transitive)
to refer to or speak about briefly or incidentally
to acknowledge or honour
not to mention something, to say nothing of something too obvious to mention
a recognition or acknowledgment
a slight reference or allusion: he only got a mention in the article, the author makes no mention of that
the act of mentioning
(philosophy, logic, linguistics) the occurrence (of an expression) in such a context that it is itself referred to rather than performing its own linguistic function. In "Fido" names Fido, the word Fido is first mentioned and then used to refer to the dog Compare use (sense 18) See also formal mode
(mainly Austral & NZ) a preliminary hearing in a court of law
Derived Forms
mentionable, adjective
mentioner, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin mentiō a calling to mind, naming, from mēns mind
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Word Origin and History for mentions



c.1300, "a note, reference," from Old French mencion "mention, memory, speech," from Latin mentionem (nominative mentio) "a calling to mind, a speaking of, a making mention," from root of Old Latin minisci "to think," related to mens (genitive mentis) "mind," from PIE root *men- "think" (see mind (n.)).


1520s, from mention (n.) or else from Middle French mentionner, from Old French mencion. Related: Mentioned; mentioning; mentionable. Don't mention it as a conventional reply to expressions of gratitude or apology is attested from 1840.

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