a brief record of something written down to assist the memory or for future reference.
notes, a record or outline of a speech, statement, testimony, etc., or of one's impressions of something.
an explanatory or critical comment, or a reference to some authority quoted, appended to a passage in a book or the like: a note on the origin of the phrase.
a brief written or printed statement giving particulars or information.
Library Science. additional information about a work, such as its special series or some other significant identification, included on the library catalog entry.
a short, informal letter: a thank-you note.
a formal diplomatic or official communication in writing: a note delivered by the ambassador.
a paper acknowledging a debt and promising payment; promissory note.
a certificate, as of a government or a bank, accepted as money.
eminence, distinction, or reputation:a man of note.
importance or consequence: few events of particular note.
notice, observation, or heed: to take note of warning signs; to be worthy of note.
a characteristic or distinguishing feature: a note of whimsy in the design of the house.
a mark, quality, or indication of something, especially as a submerged but ubiquitous element: There was just a note of bitterness in his films.
a characteristic way of speaking or thinking: His critics had begun to change their note.
a signal, announcement, or intimation: a note of warning in her voice.
a sign or character used to represent a tone, its position and form indicating the pitch and duration of the tone.
a key, as of a piano.
a tone sounded on a musical instrument.
a musical sound or tone.
a melody, tune, or song.
a sound of musical quality, as one uttered by a bird: attentive to the thrush's note.
any call, cry, or sound of a bird, fowl, etc.
a new or unexpected element in a situation.
a mark or sign, as of punctuation, used in writing or printing.
to write or mark down briefly; make a memorandum of: to note the places of interest.
to make particular mention of in a writing: She noted their extra efforts in her report.
to observe carefully; give attention or heed to: Note the fine brushwork in this painting.
to take notice of; perceive: We noted his concern at the announcement.
to set down in or furnish with musical notes.
to indicate or designate; signify; denote.
Idioms about note
compare notes, to exchange views, ideas, or impressions: The returning tourists were sitting on the sun deck comparing notes.
- noter, noun
- pre·note, noun, verb (used with object), pre·not·ed, pre·not·ing.
- subnote, noun
- un·der·note, noun
- un·not·ing, adjective
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How to use note in a sentence
An apocryphal tasting note I haven’t been able to trace to its original writer says it “smells like cash flow.”We deserve ‘nouveau’ wine in 2020 — a vintage meant to be fun and drunk right away | Dave McIntyre | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Take notes along the way and carefully plan out your doors before buying and prepping your wood.Build your own door and ascend to a higher level of DIY | Courtney Starr | November 20, 2020 | Popular-Science
The gallery’s note calls her work “a delicate unhurried response to a memory, a place, an experience that has become abstract with time but still reveals a story.”In the galleries: The Washington colorists and the CIA | Mark Jenkins | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
These, however, often require bulky and uncomfortable parts, notes Do.This artificial skin feels ‘ghosts’ — things you wish were there | Stephen Ornes | November 20, 2020 | Science News For Students
If you’d like to hear our newsroom’s analysis of this topic and the election, I’ve dropped a link in our show notes.
(It's worth noting that Dean himself has already endorsed Clinton).Elizabeth Warren 2016 Gets First Check From Liberals | Ben Jacobs | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He declared himself “satisfied with that scenario” noting that his campaign had a “better GOTV operation.”
Buzzfeed posted a story noting that it had requested an interview with Whitaker and that he had declined.How the World Turned on Bill Cosby: A Day-by-Day Account | Scott Porch | December 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Aside from the obvious “Senate takeover” headline, there were plenty of other side stories worth noting, as well.
Another statistic worth noting is that only 12 percent of sexual assaults on campus are reported.
She stabbed him, noting the effect upon him with a detached interest that seemed indifferent to his pain.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Curious differences appear in respect of the completeness of this linear noting or enumerating of features.Children's Ways | James Sully
Indeed this first drawing is largely a pointing out or noting down of features without any serious effort to draw them.Children's Ways | James Sully
Resting the torch on the leads, he grasped the sash and gently raised the window, noting that it opened almost noiselessly.Dope | Sax Rohmer
We give a cut of a tobacco field and the planter looking at the field and noting the progress of the laborers.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
British Dictionary definitions for note
a brief summary or record in writing, esp a jotting for future reference
a brief letter, usually of an informal nature
a formal written communication, esp from one government to another
a short written statement giving any kind of information
a critical comment, explanatory statement, or reference in the text of a book, often preceded by a number
short for banknote
a characteristic element or atmosphere: a note of sarcasm
a distinctive vocal sound, as of a species of bird or animal: the note of the nightingale
any of a series of graphic signs representing a musical sound whose pitch is indicated by position on the stave and whose duration is indicated by the sign's shape
Also called (esp US and Canadian): tone a musical sound of definite fundamental frequency or pitch
a key on a piano, organ, etc
a sound, as from a musical instrument, used as a signal or warning: the note to retreat was sounded
short for promissory note
archaic, or poetic a tune or melody
distinguished or famous: an athlete of note
worth noticing or paying attention to; important: nothing of note
strike the right note to behave appropriately
strike a false note to behave inappropriately
take note (often foll by of) to observe carefully; pay close attention (to)
to notice; perceive: he noted that there was a man in the shadows
to pay close attention to; observe: they noted every movement
to make a written note or memorandum of: she noted the date in her diary
to make particular mention of; remark upon: I note that you do not wear shoes
to write down (music, a melody, etc) in notes
to take (an unpaid or dishonoured bill of exchange) to a notary public to re-present the bill and if it is still unaccepted or unpaid to note the circumstances in a register: See protest (def. 12)
a less common word for annotate
- See also notes
- noteless, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with note
see bread and butter letter (note); compare notes; make a note of; of note; strike the right note; take note; take notes.
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