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“note” in British English

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notenoun

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 on 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 more information see Note 3.
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notes A2 [ plural ]

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information written on paper:

The wind blew my notes all over the room.
The reporter took notes throughout the interview.

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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.

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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.

noteverb [ 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.

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

“note” in American English

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notenoun

us /noʊt/

note noun (WRITING)

[ C ] a short piece of writing:

Make a note to phone him (= Write it down so you remember).

[ C ] A note is a piece of information that you write down while something is happening:

[ C usually pl ] Be sure to take notes in class (= write down information).

note noun (SOUND)

[ C ] a single sound, esp. in music, or a written symbol which represents this sound:

Her soprano voice intoned the low, first notes of the song.

[ C ] fig. Note also means the particular quality of an emotion or feeling:

The meeting ended on an optimistic note.

note noun (IMPORTANCE)

[ U ] importance or fame:

There was nothing of note in the report.

noteverb [ T ]

us /noʊt/

note verb [ T ] (NOTICE)

to take notice of, give attention to, or make a record of something:

[ + that clause ] Please note that we will be closed on Saturday.
noted
adjective us /ˈnoʊ·t̬ɪd/

a noted scholar

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

“note” in Business English

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notenoun

uk /nəʊt/ us

[ C ] US usually bill MONEY a piece of paper money:

a €500 note
in notes He gave me £100 in £10 notes.
I had no change; I only had notes.
Can you change a €20 note?

[ C ] FINANCE a written agreement that one person, organization, etc. will pay a particular amount of money to another person, etc. by a particular date:

The note for your loan comes due on 1 June.
a two-year note

[ C ] COMMUNICATIONS a short letter, or something that you write down in order to remember something:

send/write sb a note I'll send you a note about this but please do put it on your calendars.
note to sb The bank said in a note to investors that the operation would make strategic sense.
I got a note from the CEO congratulating me on the deal.
I made a note to review the matter in a month's time.

[ C ] a short official document:

They can get out of the requirement with a note from their doctor confirming their diagnosis.
Please check the goods before signing the delivery note.
notes [ plural ]

detailed information that you write down:

take notes In any disciplinary meeting, it is always advisable to take notes.
make notes I read through the notes I'd made at the conference.
The keynote speaker gave his lecture without notes.

noteverb [ T ]

uk /nəʊt/ us

to notice or realize something:

They noted the consumers' growing demand for quicker service.
note (that) Please note that we will be closed on Saturday.

to mention something so that people are aware of it:

In her report, she notes several cases of poor practice on the part of management.

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(Definition of “note” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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