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] Also see take note.

Words Nearby take notes

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How to use take notes in a sentence

  • Naturally enough it did not occur to anyone to take notes of the comings and goings of a very ordinary young man.

  • There were many present, and before the meeting formally began, I obtained permission to take notes in writing of what passed.

  • But I have to listen to Cray for eighteen hours every week, and he hates me because I won't take notes for his beastly essays.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • I told my story, and the ass in charge asked me to calm myself, and wanted to take notes.

    In the Fog | Richard Harding Davis
  • I came here to take notes for a book, but I haven't done much but attend dinners and make speeches.