American English

Definition of note verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (rather formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they note
    he / she / it notes
    past simple noted
    -ing form noting
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  1. 1to notice or pay careful attention to something note something Note the fine early Baroque altar inside the chapel. note (that)… Please note (that) the office will be closed on Monday. note how, where, etc… Note how these animals sometimes walk with their tails up in the air. it is noted that… It should be noted that dissertations submitted late will not be accepted. Thesaurusnoticenote detect observe witnessThese words all mean to see something, especially when you pay careful attention to it.notice to see, hear, or become aware of someone or something; to pay attention to someone or something:The first thing I noticed about the room was the smell.note (somewhat formal) to notice or pay careful attention to something:Please note (that) the office will be closed on Monday. This word is very common in business English:Note that the prices do not include sales tax.detect to discover or notice something, especially something that is not easy to see, hear, etc.:The tests are designed to detect the disease early.observe (formal) to see or notice someone or something:Let me know if you observe any changes in his behavior. The police observed a van leaving the parking lot.witness (somewhat formal) to see something happen:Police have asked anyone who witnessed the robbery to contact them.Patterns to notice/note/detect/observe that/how/what/where/who… to notice/observe/witness something happen/somebody do something Language Bankemphasishighlighting an important point This case emphasizes/highlights the importance of honest communication between managers and employees. Effective communication skills are essential/crucial/vital. It should be noted that this study considers only verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is not dealt with here. It is important to remember that/An important point to remember is that non-verbal communication plays a key role in getting your message across. Communication is not only about the words you use but also your body language and, especially/above all, how effectively you listen. I would like to draw attention to the role of listening in effective communication. Choose your words carefully:in particular, avoid confusing and ambiguous language. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you must learn to listen as well as to speak.
  2. 2note something note that… note how, where, etc… it is noted that… to mention something because it is important or interesting It is worth noting that the most successful companies had the lowest prices. Thesauruscommentnote remark observeThese words all mean to say or write a fact or an opinion.comment to express an opinion or give facts about something:He refused to comment until after the trial.note (somewhat formal) to mention something because it is important or interesting:He noted in passing that the company's record on safety issues was not good.remark to say or write what you have noticed about a situation:He remarked that she had been looking tired lately.observe (formal) to say or write what you have noticed about a situation:She observed that it was getting late.comment, remark, or observe?If you comment on something, you say something about it; if you remark on something, or observe something, you say something about it that you have noticed: there is often not much difference between the three. However, while you can refuse to comment (without on), you cannot “refuse to remark” or “refuse to observe” (without on):He refused to remark/observe until after the trial.Patterns to comment/note/remark/observe that… to comment on/note/remark/observe how… to comment/remark on something to comment/remark/observe to somebody “It's long,” he commented/noted/remarked/observed. Language Bankargueverbs for reporting an opinion Some critics argue that Picasso remained a great master all his life. Others maintain that his post-war work showed a significant deterioration in quality. Picasso himself claimed that good art is created, but great art is stolen. As Smith has noted, Picasso borrowed imagery from African art. As the author points out, Picasso borrowed imagery from African art. The writer challenges the notion that Picasso's sculpture was secondary to his painting. It has been suggested that/Sanchez suggests that Picasso's painting was influenced by jazz music.
  3. Phrasal Verbsnote somethingdown
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