Meaning of NOTE in English
I. note 1 S1 W1 /nəʊt $ noʊt/ BrE AmE noun
[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: nota 'mark, character, written note' ]
1 . TO REMIND YOU
a) [countable] something that you write down to remind you of something:
Dave made a note of her address and phone number.
Keep a careful note of any problems you have with the software.
b) make a (mental) note to do something to decide that you must remember to do something later:
He made a mental note to arrange a time to meet her.
2 . FOR STUDYING notes [plural] information that a student writes down during a lesson, from a book etc:
Can I borrow your lecture notes?
take/make notes (=write notes)
I read the first chapter and took notes.
3 . SHORT LETTER [countable] a short informal letter:
I was going to write Kathy a note, but I decided to call her instead.
This is just a quick note to let you know that I won’t be in the office tomorrow.
a suicide note (=a note telling someone that you are going to kill yourself)
a thank you note (=a note to say thank you for something)
4 . OFFICIAL LETTER [countable] an official letter or document
sick note British English (=a note saying that you are too ill to go to work or school)
delivery note (=a document showing that goods have been delivered)
diplomatic note (=a formal letter from one government to another) ⇨ ↑ credit note , ↑ promissory note
5 . ADDITIONAL INFORMATION [countable] a short piece of writing at the bottom of a page or at the end of a book or document which gives more information about something written in the main part:
The notes are at the back of the book.
A set of guidance notes is provided to assist applicants in completing the form.
⇨ ↑ footnote (1)
6 . MUSIC [countable] a particular musical sound, or a symbol representing this sound
She has a good voice but has trouble hitting the high notes.
MONEY [countable] British English ( also bank note ) a piece of paper money worth a particular amount of money SYN bill American English ⇨ coin :
a ten-pound note
8 . FEELING OR QUALITY [singular] a type of feeling or quality when someone speaks or does something
There was a note of doubt in her voice.
He brought a note of realism into the debate.
on a ... note (=speaking in a particular way)
She ended her speech on a personal note.
On a more serious note, I’d like to thank everyone for all their support.
9 . hit/strike the right/wrong note to succeed or not succeed in being right and suitable for a particular occasion:
Bush is hoping to hit the right note again with voters.
10 . take note (of something) to pay attention to something SYN notice :
People were beginning to take note of her talents as a writer.
His first album made the music world stand up and take note.
11 . somebody/something of note formal important, interesting, or famous:
The college has produced several architects of note.
The village has a number of buildings of note.
12 . worthy/deserving of note important or interesting and deserving particular attention ⇨ noteworthy :
three recent novels that are especially worthy of note
⇨ compare notes at ↑ compare 1 (5)
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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)
▪ make notes (=write them down)
As he read the letters, he made careful notes.
▪ take notes (=write them down)
The reporter took notes throughout the interview.
▪ jot down/scribble notes (=write them down quickly)
The jurors were scribbling notes as the witness gave evidence.
▪ write up notes (=write down what your notes say, using full sentences and more detail)
It’s a good idea to write up your notes soon after a lecture.
▪ look/go/read through your notes
I read through my notes before the exam.
■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + notes
▪ detailed notes
I always make quite detailed notes after important meetings.
▪ copious notes (=a very large amount)
She sat at the back of the hall and made copious notes.
▪ brief notes (=short and not detailed)
He jotted down some brief notes.
▪ scrappy notes (=very short and not detailed enough)
Her rather scrappy notes weren’t much use when it came to revision.
▪ lecture notes (=notes that a student writes down during a lecture)
I missed class today; can I borrow your lecture notes?
▪ case notes (=notes that a doctor, social worker etc makes about someone)
The researchers looked at the case notes of 500 patients with this type of cancer.
▪ medical notes (=notes that a doctor keeps about a patient)
I asked if I could see my medical notes.
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▪ money what you use to buy things, in the form of notes or coins:
He spent all his money on computer equipment.
▪ cash money in the form of coins and notes:
I didn’t have any cash with me.
▪ currency the money used in a particular country:
The dollar gained in value against other currencies.
a single European currency
▪ change money in the form of coins of low value:
Do you have any small change?
a pocketful of loose change
▪ note British English , bill American English a piece of paper money:
a £20 note
a $5 bill
▪ coin a flat round piece of metal used as money:
She put some coins in the parking meter.
He took a coin out of his pocket.
▪ a ten-pence/50-cent etc piece a coin worth a particular amount
II. note 2 S3 W1 BrE AmE verb [transitive] formal
1 . to notice or pay careful attention to something:
He carefully noted the time when they left the building.
Please note that the bill must be paid within ten days.
It should be noted that parking without a permit attracts a charge of £5.
Note how she is holding her racket.
2 . to mention something because it is important or interesting
The judge noted that Miller had no previous criminal record.
note something ↔ down phrasal verb
to write something down so that you will remember it:
Note down the main points you want to include in your essay.
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■ to say something
▪ say to tell someone something, using words:
‘I really ought to go,’ she said.
Lauren said she’d probably be late.
▪ state to say something, especially in a definite or formal way – used in official contexts:
The witness stated that he had never seen the woman before.
Please state your name and address.
▪ announce to publicly tell people about something:
The chairman announced his resignation.
The results will be announced tomorrow.
We will announce the winners next Sunday.
They were announcing the train times over the loudspeaker system.
▪ declare to say something very firmly:
‘My personal life is none of your business,’ she declared.
▪ mention to talk about someone or something, especially without giving many details:
Did Tom mention anything about what happened at school?
Your name was mentioned!
▪ express to let someone know your feelings by putting them into words:
Young children often find it difficult to express their emotions.
▪ comment to say what your opinion is about someone or something:
The prime minister was asked to comment on the crisis.
▪ note/remark formal to say that you have noticed that something is true – used especially in formal writing:
We have already noted that most old people live alone.
Someone once remarked that the problem with computers is that they only give you answers.
▪ add to say something more, after what has already been said:
He added that he thought it could be done fairly cheaply.
▪ point out to mention something that seems particularly important or relevant:
Dr Graham points out that most children show some signs of abnormal behaviour.
It’s worth pointing out that few people actually die of this disease.
▪ air to talk about your opinions, worries, or the things you disagree about: air your views/grievances/differences :
The programme will give listeners the chance to air their views about immigration.
Workers were able to air their grievances.
▪ voice to talk publicly about your feelings or about whether you approve or disapprove of something formal : voice concern/support/doubt/fears etc :
The president has already voiced his support for the proposal.
She voiced concern for the safety of the hostages.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012