mention


mention
mention vb Mention, name, instance, specify are comparable when they mean to make clear or specific by referring to something explicitly.
Mention indicates a calling attention to, usually by name where possible, sometimes by a brief, cursory, or incidental reference
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I shall mention the accident which directed my curiosity originally into this channel— Lamb

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intellectuals are such puritanical devils, that they usually recoil with horror when prayer is mentionedForster

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usually the class is not directly mentioned in our statement; but there must be an implicit understanding, since otherwise the probability would be indeterminate— Eddington

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mentioning several minor figures in his lecture on Shakespeare

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Name implies clear mention of a name and therefore may suggest greater explicitness
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naming Doe and Roe in the report and implicating their associates

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he names golf, tennis, and music as his chief means of recreation— Current Biog.

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Instance may indicate clear explicit reference or definite emphasis as a typical example or special case
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examples can be instanced from the first to the twentieth century— Latourette

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is it unfair to instance Marlowe, who died young?— Quiller-Couch

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I have instanced his book because it was flagrant, not unique— Leech

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Specify implies statement so explicit, detailed, and specific that misunderstanding is impossible
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the standards specify the names under which these five varieties must be sold— Americana Annual

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as changes emerge from the storm of civil commotion, it is often just as hard to specify the exact day on which a government is born or dies— Jessup

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to specify the structure of a skeleton is to specify the bones of which it consists and their interrelations— Clement

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Analogous words: *refer, allude, advert: cite, *quote

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  • mention — [ mɑ̃sjɔ̃ ] n. f. • fin XIIe; lat. mentio 1 ♦ Action de nommer, de citer, de signaler. « Si Josèphe a fait mention de Jésus » (Renan). Il n en est pas fait mention dans cet ouvrage. Événement digne de mention. 2 ♦ Brève note donnant une précision …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • mention — [men′shən, men′chən] n. [ME mencion < OFr mention < L mentio < mens (gen. mentis), MIND] 1. a brief, often incidental, reference or statement 2. a citing for honor vt. 1. to refer to or speak about briefly or incidentally; specify, as by …   English World dictionary

  • Mention — Men tion, n. [OE. mencioun, F. mention, L. mentio, from the root of meminisse to remember. See {Mind}.] A speaking or notice of anything, usually in a brief or cursory manner. Used especially in the phrase to make mention of. [1913 Webster] I… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mention — Men tion (m[e^]n sh[u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mentioned} (m[e^]n sh[u^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Mentioning}.] [Cf. F. mentionner.] To make mention of; to speak briefly of; to name. [1913 Webster] I will mention the loving kindnesses of the Lord.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mention — ► VERB 1) refer to briefly. 2) refer to by name as being noteworthy. ► NOUN 1) a reference to someone or something. 2) a formal acknowledgement of something noteworthy. ● be mentioned in dispatches Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

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  • mention — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ brief, passing ▪ special ▪ earliest, first ▪ The earliest mention of the town is in a 16th century manuscript …   Collocations dictionary