Note definition

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To observe carefully; notice.

Note the difference between these two plants.

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A cry or call, as of a bird.
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To mention particularly.
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To pay close attention to; heed; notice; observe.
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To set down in musical notes.
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To denote or indicate.
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(obsolete) A song, melody, or tune.
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A mark of some quality, condition, or fact; distinguishing or characteristic feature, mood, tone, etc.

A note of sadness.

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Any of certain types of correspondence.
  • A short, informal letter.
  • A formal diplomatic or other official communication.
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The definition of a note is a brief piece of writing usually recorded to inform or remind.

An example of a note is someone leaving a piece of paper with "buy milk" written on it attached to the refrigerator.

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To set down in writing; make a note of.
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A debt instrument with a maturity between one year and ten years. For longer-term debt instruments, the term bond typically is used. However, both note and bond often are used interchangeably, especially when speaking in general terms about a debt issue.
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A written promise to pay a specified amount to the lender at a specified time in the future. It may be in the form of a promissory note.
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In commercial law, a writing representing a promise by a maker to pay a specified amount of money to a payee or to the bearer, on demand or by a specified date.
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A short article in a law review, typically written by a law student.
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A piece of paper money; a banknote.

I didn't have any coins to pay with, so I used a note.

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A small size of paper used for writing letters or notes.
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A brief informal letter.

Sent a note to the child's teacher.

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A formal written diplomatic or official communication.
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A piece of paper currency.
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A debt security, usually with a maturity of ten years or less.
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A promissory note.
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A tone of definite pitch.
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A symbol for such a tone, indicating pitch by its position on the staff and duration by its shape.
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A key of an instrument, such as a piano.
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The characteristic vocal sound made by a songbird or other animal.

The clear note of a cardinal.

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The sign of a particular quality or emotion.

A note of despair in his remarks; a note of gaiety in her manner.

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A distinctive component of a complex flavor or aroma.

A full-bodied wine with notes of cherry and musk.

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Importance; consequence.

Nothing of note happened.

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Notice; observation.

Quietly took note of the scene.

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(obsolete) A song, melody, or tune.
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A brief record, especially one written down to aid the memory.

Took notes on the lecture.

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A comment or explanation, as on a passage in a text.

The allusion is explained in the notes at the end of the chapter.

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A brief informal letter.

Sent a note to the child's teacher.

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A formal written diplomatic or official communication.
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A piece of paper currency.
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A debt security, usually with a maturity of ten years or less.
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A promissory note.
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A tone of definite pitch.
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A symbol for such a tone, indicating pitch by its position on the staff and duration by its shape.
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A key of an instrument, such as a piano.
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A signal or intimation.

A note of admonition.

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(archaic) A melody, tune, or song.
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A brief statement of a fact, experience, etc. written down for review, as an aid to memory, or to inform someone else; memorandum.
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A record of experiences, etc.

The notes of a journey.

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A written promise to pay a sum of money or a written acknowledgment of a debt from which a promise of payment can be inferred.
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A piece of paper currency.

A Federal Reserve note.

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A tone of definite pitch, as made by a voice or musical instrument.
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A symbol for a tone, indicating the duration by its form and the pitch by its position on the staff.
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A key of a piano or the like.
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(uncountable, UK dialectal, Northern England, Ireland, Scotland) Use; employment.
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(countable) Affair, matter, concern.
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(UK dialectal, Northern England, Ireland, Scotland) The giving of milk by a cow or sow; the period following calving or farrowing during which a cow or sow gives milk; the milk given by a cow or sow during such a period.
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(UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To use; make use of; employ.
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(UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To use for food; eat.
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A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a visible sign; a character; a distinctive mark or feature; a characteristic quality.
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A mark, or sign, made to call attention, to point out something to notice, or the like; a sign, or token, proving or giving evidence.
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A brief remark; a marginal comment or explanation; hence, an annotation on a text or author; a comment; a critical, explanatory, or illustrative observation.
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A brief piece of writing intended to assist the memory; a memorandum; a minute.

I left him a note to remind him to take out the trash.

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A short informal letter; a billet.
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A diplomatic missive or written communication.
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(finance) A written or printed paper acknowledging a debt, and promising payment; as, a promissory note; a note of hand; a negotiable note.
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(music) A character, variously formed, to indicate the length of a tone, and variously placed upon the staff to indicate its pitch.
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(music) A musical sound; a tone; an utterance; a tune.
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(music) A key of the piano or organ.
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(uncountable) Observation; notice; heed.
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(uncountable) Reputation; distinction.

A poet of note.

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To notice with care; to observe; to remark; to heed.

If you look to the left, you can note the old cathedral.

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To record in writing; to make a memorandum of.

We noted his speech.

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To set down in musical characters.
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(obsolete) Contraction of ne mote (“may not").
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To butt; to push with the horns.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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The characteristic vocal sound made by a songbird or other animal.

The clear note of a cardinal.

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The sign of a particular quality or emotion.

A note of despair in his remarks; a note of gaiety in her manner.

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A distinctive component of a complex flavor or aroma.

A full-bodied wine with notes of cherry and musk.

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Importance; consequence.

Nothing of note happened.

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Notice; observation.

Quietly took note of the scene.

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A brief record, especially one written down to aid the memory.

Took notes on the lecture.

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A comment or explanation, as on a passage in a text.

The allusion is explained in the notes at the end of the chapter.

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To make a note of; write down.

Noted the time of each arrival.

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To show; indicate.

A reporter careful to note sources of information.

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To make mention of; remark.

Noted the lateness of his arrival.

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To observe carefully; notice.

Note the difference between these two plants.

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To make a note of; write down.

Noted the time of each arrival.

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To show; indicate.

A reporter careful to note sources of information.

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To make mention of; remark.

Noted the lateness of his arrival.

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Importance, distinction, or eminence.

A person of note.

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A comment, explanation, or elucidation, as at the foot of a page; annotation.
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Notice; heed; observation.

Worthy of note.

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compare notes
  • to exchange views; confer
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strike the right note
  • to say, write, or do what is specially apt or pleasing
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take notes
  • to write down notes, as during a lecture or interview, for later reference
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
note
Plural:
notes

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

strike the right note

Origin of note

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin nota annotation gnō- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin nota annotation gnō- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English note, noote (“use, usefulness, profit"), from Old English notu (“use, enjoyment, advantage, profit, utility"), from Proto-Germanic *nutō (“enjoyment, utilisation"), from Proto-Indo-European *newd- (“to acquire, make use of"). Cognate with West Frisian not (“yield, produce, crop"), Dutch genot (“enjoyment, pleasure"), Dutch nut (“usefulness, utility, behoof"), German Nutzen (“benefit, usefulness, utility"), Icelandic not (“use", noun). Related also to Old English notian (“to enjoy, make use of, employ"), Old English nÄ“otan (“to use, enjoy"), Old High German niozan (“to use, enjoy"), Modern German benutzen (“to use"). Related to nait.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English noten, notien, from Old English notian (“to make use of, use, employ, enjoy"), from Proto-Germanic *nutōnÄ… (“to make use of"), from Proto-Indo-European *neud- (“to acquire, make use of").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English note, from Old English not, nōt (“note, mark, sign") and Old French note (“letter, note"), both from Latin nota (“mark, sign, remark, note").

    From Wiktionary

  • Inflected and variant forms.

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  • Old English

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