men|tion1 W1S1 [ˈmenʃən] v [T]
1.) to talk or write about something or someone, usually quickly and without saying very much or giving details
Was my name mentioned at all?
Some of the problems were mentioned in his report.
mention sth to sb
I mentioned the idea to Joan, and she seemed to like it.
mention (that)
He mentioned that he was having problems, but he didn't explain.
It's worth mentioning (=it is important enough to mention) that they only studied a very small number of cases.
As I mentioned earlier , there have been a lot of changes recently.
She mentioned in passing (=mentioned in a quick unimportant way) that you had just been to Rome.
now you mention it
(=used to say that you had not thought about something until the speaker mentioned it)
Now you mention it, I haven't seen her around lately.
fail/omit/neglect to mention sth
(=not mention something you should mention)
The report failed to mention that most of the landowners do not live on their properties.
2.) don't mention it
spoken used to say politely that there is no need for someone to thank you for helping them
'Thanks for the ride home!' 'Don't mention it.'
3.) not to mention sth
used to introduce an additional thing that makes a situation even more difficult, surprising, interesting etc
Pollution has a negative effect on the health of everyone living in the city, not to mention the damage to the environment.
It's too far to walk, not to mention the fact that it'll probably be closed by now anyway.
4.) be mentioned in dispatches
BrE to have your name on an official list of people who have been brave in battle, as an honour
HINT sense 1
Do not say 'mention about' something. Mention is followed by a direct object: She didn't mention her mother.
mention 2
mention2 n [C usually singular, U]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin mentio, from mens 'mind']
when someone mentions something or someone in a conversation, piece of writing etc
mention of
He made no mention of his wife's illness.
at the mention of sth
At the mention of a trip to the seaside, the children got very excited.
They all get a mention (=they are all mentioned) in the book.
deserve/merit (a) mention
There is one other person who deserves special mention (=is especially worth mentioning for something they have done) .

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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