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mention (n.)

c. 1300, mencioun, "a note, a reference, a calling to mind by speech or writing," from Old French mencion "mention, memory, speech," from Latin mentionem (nominative mentio) "a calling to mind, a speaking of, a making mention," from root of Old Latin minisci "to think," related to mens (genitive mentis) "mind," from PIE root *men- (1) "to think." From late 15c. as "statement about or in reference to a person or thing," which by mid-18c. had diminished to "incidental or casual reference," though in military use a mention in the dispatches remained an important thing.

mention (v.)

"make mention of, speak of briefly or cursorily," 1520s, from mention (n.) or else from French mentionner, from Old French mencion. Related: Mentioned; mentioning. Not to mention as a "rhetorical suggestion that the speaker is refraining from presenting the full strength of his case" [OED] is by 1690s. Don't mention it as a conventional reply to expressions of gratitude or apology is attested from 1840.

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Definitions of mention
1
mention (v.)
make reference to;
His name was mentioned in connection with the invention
Synonyms: advert / bring up / cite / name / refer
mention (v.)
make mention of;
Synonyms: note / observe / remark
mention (v.)
commend;
Synonyms: cite
2
mention (n.)
a remark that calls attention to something or someone;
she made frequent mention of her promotion
there was no mention of it
Synonyms: reference
mention (n.)
a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage;
the article includes mention of similar clinical cases
mention (n.)
an official recognition of merit;
although he didn't win the prize he did get special mention
Synonyms: honorable mention
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