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' ]


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.

explanatory/guidance notes

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

high/low note

She has a good voice but has trouble hitting the high notes.

7 .

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

note of

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)

■ verbs

▪ 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.


▪ 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.

note (that)

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

Note how she is holding her racket.

2 . to mention something because it is important or interesting

note that

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.

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