Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “note”

note

noun uk   /nəʊt/ us    /noʊt/

note noun (WRITING)

A1 [C] a short piece of writing: He left a note to say he would be home late. There's a note pinned to the door saying when the shop will open again. B2 [C] a short explanation or an extra piece of information that is given at the bottom of a page, at the back of a book, etc.: For a further explanation see Note 3.
See also
notes A2 [plural] information written on paper: The wind blew my notes all over the room. The journalist took notes throughout the interview.

note noun (SOUND)

C2 [C] a single sound at a particular level, usually in music, or a written symbol that represents this sound: high/low notes She played three long notes on the piano. The engine noise suddenly changed its note and rose to a whine.

note noun (WAY OF EXPRESSING)

C1 [S] an emotion or a way of expressing something: There was a note of caution in her letter. His speech struck just the right note. The meeting ended on an optimistic note.

note noun (MONEY)

B1 [C] mainly UK (US usually bill) a piece of paper money: a £20 note He took a wad of notes from his pocket.

note noun (IMPORTANCE)

C2 [U] formal importance, or the fact that something deserves attention: There was nothing of note in the latest report.

note

verb [T] uk   /nəʊt/ us    /noʊt/ formal
B1 to notice something: They noted the consumers' growing demand for quicker service. [+ (that)] Please note (that) we will be closed on Saturday. [+ question word] Note how easy it is to release the catch quickly. to give your attention to something by discussing it or making a written record of it: [+ that] He said the weather was beyond our control, noting that last summer was one of the hottest on record. In the article, she notes several cases of medical incompetence.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of note from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of note?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Paying attention and being careful, but you might be interested in these topics from the Attention and care topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “note” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

light at the end of the tunnel

signs of improvement in a situation that has been bad for a long time, or signs that a long and difficult piece of work is almost finished

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More