• IPA: /ˈmɛnʃən/

mention (plural mentions)

  1. A speaking or notice of anything, usually in a brief or cursory manner. Used especially in the phrase make mention of.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Psalms 71:16 ↗:
      I will make mention of thy righteousness.
    • 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      And sleep in dull, cold marble, where no mention / Of me more must be heard of.
Translations Verb

mention (mentions, present participle mentioning; past and past participle mentioned)

  1. To make a short reference to something.
  2. (philosophy, linguistics) To utter an word or expression in order to refer to the expression itself, as opposed to its usual referent.
    • 2006, Tony Evans, The Transforming Word: Discovering the Power and Provision of the Bible, Moody Publishers ISBN 9780802480354, page 140
      I can illustrate this by mentioning the word lead. Now you have no way of knowing for sure which meaning I have in mind until I give it some context by using it in a sentence.
    • 2009, Lieven Vandelanotte, Speech and Thought Representation in English: A Cognitive-functional Approach, Walter de Gruyter ISBN 9783110205893, page 124
      If the verbatimness view derives from the popular notion that DST repeats 'the actual words spoken', a second line of thought takes its cue from Quine's (1940: 23–26, 1960: 146–156) philosophical distinction between words which are “used” vs. words which are merely “mentioned”.
    • 2013, Richard Hanley, South Park and Philosophy: Bigger, Longer, and More Penetrating, Open Court ISBN 9780812697742
      If I said rightly, “'Niggers' is a seven letter word,” I would be mentioning the word, and when we write it, we use mention-quotes for this purpose (speech typically lacks quotes, except for the occasional air-quotes). If I said, rightly or wrongly, “Niggers are good athletes,” then I would be using “niggers,” not merely mentioning it.

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