Meaning of “mention” in the English Dictionary

"mention" in British English

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mentionverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmen.ʃən/ us /ˈmen.ʃən/

B1 to speak about something quickly, giving little detail or using few words:

I'll mention your ideas to Jacinta.
[ + (that) ] He casually mentioned (that) he was leaving his job.
[ + -ing verb ] My wife mentioned seeing you the other day.
[ + question word ] Did she happen to mention whether she would be coming?

B1 to refer to something or someone:

I promised never to mention the incident again.
Did she mention me in her letter?

More examples

  • I'd rather you didn't mention it when we're in company .
  • For the sake of completeness , I should also mention two other minor developments.
  • Everyone in the office complains that he smells awful, but nobody dares (to) mention it to him.
  • He gets really upset if you mention his baldness.
  • Don't mention tax or Bernard'll get on his hobby horse again.

mentionnoun

uk /ˈmen.ʃən/ us /ˈmen.ʃən/

B2 [ C ] a short remark or written statement:

The story didn't even get a mention in the newspaper.
When I ordered the catalogue, there was no mention of any payment.

[ S ] an occasion when something or someone is mentioned:

Even the mention of her name makes him blush.

[ C ] an occasion when a person is publicly praised for having done something, such as their job, extremely well:

At the awards ceremony, Chrissie Scott got/received a special mention for her reporting on the conflict.

More examples

  • The report carefully avoided any mention of the controversial plan.
  • The merest mention of seafood makes her feel sick.
  • The book doesn't make any mention of his love affairs.
  • At the mention of her dead husband, her face clouded over.
  • Entertainment Research reports that there are 245 mentions of the f-word in this movie.

(Definition of “mention” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mention" in American English

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mentionverb [ T ]

us /ˈmen·tʃən/

to speak about someone or something, esp. briefly and without giving much detail:

[ + (that) clause ] Has he mentioned (that) he’s leaving his job?
I promised never to mention her again.
mention
noun [ C/U ] us /ˈmen·tʃən/

[ U ] There was no mention of the robbery in today’s newspaper.

(Definition of “mention” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)