- 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.
Origin of mention
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Examples from the Web for mentioning
Exiting the hotel ballroom, philanthropist Tom Steyer also seemed to give Clinton a pass for not mentioning the pipeline project.Hillary Praises Fracking, Stays Silent on Keystone
December 2, 2014
“Space and time is very important for us,” he said, mentioning the bloody Soviet invasion of the 1980s.Afghanistan: Building a Vision Of Hope and Change
April 17, 2014
“It is the same situation in all post-revolutionary countries,” Avakov said, mentioning the case of Serbia specifically.Ukraine’s Interior Minister, Arsen Avakov, Begs Rebels to Help Defend Ukraine
March 28, 2014
If cuckolding is just another kink, like BDSM, why do so many shy away from ever mentioning it?The Cuckolding Fetish: When Your Wife’s Cheating Turns You On
February 22, 2014
By not mentioning Obamacare in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Paul Ryan angered many on the right.Paul Ryan Angers Tea Partiers
October 9, 2013
Hinde introduced John to them, mentioning that he had only lately arrived from Ireland.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Had he said me at first, I should have been above the affectation of mentioning a lawyer.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Mentioning it to Billy might not, indeed, have mattered, since Billy was already an "outsider."Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
But there is one delightful case that I cannot refrain from mentioning.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
You remember my mentioning my friend, the Marchesino Panacci?A Spirit in Prison
- 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 allusionhe 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 dogCompare use (def. 18) See also formal mode
- mainly Australian and NZ a preliminary hearing in a court of law
Word Origin and History for mentioning
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.