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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.
Origin of mention
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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Examples from the Web for mentioning
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  • 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) Samuel Richardson
  • 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 Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for mentioning


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with mentioning
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