Definition of mention verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

mention

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈmenʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmenʃn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mention
BrE BrE//ˈmenʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmenʃn//
 
he / she / it mentions
BrE BrE//ˈmenʃnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmenʃnz//
 
past simple mentioned
BrE BrE//ˈmenʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmenʃnd//
 
past participle mentioned
BrE BrE//ˈmenʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmenʃnd//
 
-ing form mentioning
BrE BrE//ˈmenʃnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmenʃnɪŋ//
 
 
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  •  to write or speak about something/somebody, especially without giving much information mention something/somebody (to somebody) Nobody mentioned anything to me about it. Sorry, I won't mention it again. Now that you mention it, she did seem to be in a strange mood. mention something/somebody as something/somebody His name has been mentioned as a future MP. mention where, why, etc… Did she mention where she was going? mention that… You mentioned in your letter that you might be moving abroad. He failed to mention that he was the one who started the fight. mention doing something Did I mention going to see Vicky on Sunday? Synonymsmentionrefer to somebody/​something speak cite quoteThese words all mean to write or speak about somebody/​something, often in order to give an example or prove something.mention to write or speak about something/​somebody, especially without giving much information:Nobody mentioned anything to me about it.refer to somebody/​something (rather formal) to mention or speak about somebody/​something:I promised not to refer to the matter again. speak to mention or describe somebody/​something:Witnesses spoke of a great ball of flame.cite (formal) to mention something as a reason or an example, or in order to support what you are saying:He cited his heavy workload as the reason for his breakdown.quote to mention an example of something to support what you are saying:Can you quote me an instance of when this happened?cite or quote? You can cite reasons or examples, but you can only quote examples:He quoted his heavy workload as the reason for his breakdown. Cite is a more formal word than quote and is often used in more formal situations, for example in descriptions of legal cases.Patterns to mention/​refer to/​speak of/​cite/​quote somebody/​something as somebody/​something to mention/​refer to/​cite/​quote a(n) example/​instance/​case of something frequently/​often mentioned/​referred to/​spoken of/​cited/​quoted the example mentioned/​referred to/​cited/​quoted above/​earlier/​previously see also above-mentioned, aforementioned More Like This Verbs usually followed by -ing forms avoid, consider, delay, deny, enjoy, escape, finish, give up, imagine, involve, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, resist, risk, suggestSee worksheet.
  • Word Origin Middle English (originally in make mention of): via Old French from Latin mentio(n-); related to mind.Extra examples All the approaches mentioned so far are fairly conventional. Although she didn’t actually mention the move, I am sure that was in her mind. As already mentioned, the legislation does not consider low pay as an acceptable reason for turning down a job. At this point, it is worth mentioning that many people who were adopted as babies have no desire to meet their biological parents. Did I mention the fact that I’m now single? Did he happen to mention putting you in his will? He avoided mentioning his family. He has two big houses, not to mention his city apartment. He only mentioned his work in passing. He was the first to publicly mention this. He’s never mentioned you before. His name had been mentioned in connection with the murder of a local man. I casually mentioned that I might be interested in working abroad. I hesitate to mention it, but… I just never thought to mention it to you. I was very angry when I saw my name mentioned in connection with an incident that had absolutely nothing to do with me. In the example mentioned above, either method of construction could have been used. My name wasn’t mentioned at all. Next spring has been mentioned as a possible time for the event. Now that you come to mention it, he did say something about a ghost. Please don’t mention this to Sally. She did not specifically mention your name. She didn’t mention the economy in her speech. The same places are repeatedly mentioned in the data. This aspect is discussed further by Crane, whom I mentioned earlier. Wounded in action, he was twice mentioned in dispatches. more hours than I care to mention plumbers, printers and potters, to mention but a few Now that you mention it, she did seem to be in a strange mood. Sorry, I won’t mention it again.Idioms  (informal) used as a polite answer when somebody has thanked you for something synonym you’re welcome ‘Thanks for all your help.’ ‘Don't mention it.’  used to introduce extra information and emphasize what you are saying He has two big houses in this country, not to mention his villa in France.
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