Meaning of NOTE in English

NOTE

/ nəʊt; NAmE noʊt/ noun , verb

■ noun

TO REMIND YOU

1.

[ C ] a short piece of writing to help you remember sth :

Please make a note of the dates.

She made a mental note (= decided that she must remember) to ask Alan about it.

SHORT LETTER

2.

[ C ] a short informal letter :

Just a quick note to say thank you for a wonderful evening.

She left a note for Ben on the kitchen table.

a suicide note

IN BOOK

3.

[ C ] a short comment on a word or passage in a book :

a new edition of 'Hamlet', with explanatory notes

See note 3, page 259.

—see also footnote

INFORMATION

4.

notes [ pl. ] information that you write down when sb is speaking, or when you are reading a book, etc. :

He sat taking notes of everything that was said.

Can I borrow your lecture notes ?

Patients' medical notes have gone missing.

5.

[ C , usually pl. ] information about a performance, an actor's career, a piece of music, etc. printed in a special book or on a CD case, record cover, etc. :

The sleeve notes include a short biography of the performers on this recording.

MONEY

6.

(also bank·note ) (both especially BrE ) ( NAmE usually bill ) [ C ] a piece of paper money :

a £5 note

We only exchange notes and traveller's cheques.

IN MUSIC

7.

[ C ] a single sound of a particular length and pitch (= how high or low a sound is), made by the voice or a musical instrument; the written or printed sign for a musical note :

He played the first few notes of the tune.

high / low notes

QUALITY

8.

[ sing. ] note (of sth) a particular quality in sth, for example in sb's voice or the atmosphere at an event

SYN air :

There was a note of amusement in his voice.

On a more serious note (= speaking more seriously) ...

On a slightly different note (= changing the subject slightly) , let's talk about ...

OFFICIAL DOCUMENT

9.

[ C ] an official document with a particular purpose :

a sick note from your doctor

The buyer has to sign a delivery note as proof of receipt.

—see also credit note , promissory note

10.

[ C ] ( technical ) an official letter from the representative of one government to another :

an exchange of diplomatic notes

IDIOMS

- of note

- hit / strike the right / wrong note

- sound / strike a note (of sth)

- take note (of sth)

—more at compare verb

■ verb (rather formal )

1.

to notice or pay careful attention to sth :

[ vn ]

Note the fine early Baroque altar inside the chapel.

[ v ( that )]

Please note (that) the office will be closed on Monday.

[ v wh- ]

Note how these animals sometimes walk with their tails up in the air.

[ vn that ]

It should be noted that dissertations submitted late will not be accepted.

➡ note at notice

2.

to mention sth because it is important or interesting :

[ v that ]

It is worth noting that the most successful companies had the lowest prices.

[also vn , also v wh- , vn that ] ➡ note at comment

PHRASAL VERBS

- note sth down

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English (in sense 6 of the noun and both verb senses): from Old French note (noun), noter (verb), from Latin nota a mark, notare to mark.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.