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take notes

Also,make notes. Record one's observations or what one hears in order to help recall them later. For example, Jim never takes notes in class and I think he'll regret it, or The decorator made notes of window measurements and other dimensions. [ Mid-1500s ]
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  • You just keep your mouth shut, and take notes, Mr. Austin; that's all you've got to do.'

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • They cannot take notes; they cannot tear the heart out of a lecture.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • They must have picked up the idea from watching the Martian take notes.

    Valley of Dreams Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • I was present at the conversation that ensued, but did not take notes.

  • It was night, and impossible to take notes; but that fact was not to be regretted.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • But in this respect I do not think I am much worse off than the girls who take notes.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller

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