From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmentionmen‧tion1 /ˈmenʃən/ ●●●S1W1 verb [transitive]1MENTIONto talk or write about something or someone, usually quickly and without saying very much or giving detailsWas my name mentioned at all?Some of the problems were mentioned in his report.mention something to somebodyI mentioned the idea to Joan, and she seemed to like it.mention (that)He mentioned that he was having problems, but he didn’t explain.It’s worth mentioning (=it is important enough to mention) that they only studied a very small number of cases.As I mentioned earlier, there have been a lot of changes recently.She mentioned in passing (=mentioned in a quick unimportant way) that you had just been to Rome.now you mention it (=used to say that you had not thought about something until the speaker mentioned it)Now you mention it, I haven’t seen her around lately.fail/omit/neglect to mention something (=not mention something you should mention)The report failed to mention that most of the landowners do not live on their properties.► see thesaurus at sayGRAMMAR: Patterns with mentionMention is a transitive verb and must be followed by an object. You say: He mentioned a book he’d read.✗Don’t say: He mentioned about a book.You say: She mentioned that she might be late.✗Don’t say: She mentioned about she might be late.2 →don’t mention it3 →not to mention something4 →be mentioned in dispatchesCOLLOCATIONSphrasesas I mentioned earlierAs I mentioned earlier, it will cost a lot of money.it is worth mentioning that (=it is important enough to mention)It is worth mentioning again that most accidents happen in the home.mention something in passing (=mention something without much detail, especially while you were talking about something else)She mentioned in passing that she had an eight-year-old son.now (that) you mention it (=used for saying that you had not thought of something until someone else mentioned it)I’ve never been to his house either, now that you mention it.fail/neglect/omit to mention something (=deliberately not mention something)I omitted to mention that I had not been to university.forget to mention somethingI must not forget to mention how kind he was to us.avoid mentioning somethingThey both avoided mentioning John, though Anne longed to talk about him.mention somebody’s nameWhy does he look angry every time I mention Clare’s name?to mention but a few (=used when you are only giving a few examples)She had taken a number of classes, including photography, art, and pottery, to mention but a few.THESAURUSmention to talk or write about something or someone, usually quickly and without saying very much or giving detailsKate had mentioned his name a few times, but I had not met him before.Jack mentioned that you might be looking for a new job.refer to somebody/something to say something about someone or something in a conversation, speech, or piece of writingHe had earlier referred to difficulties in gathering evidence.It was not clear which case he was referring to.touch on something to briefly mention a subject during a speech, lesson, piece of writing etcThis problem has already been touched on in Chapter 4.bring something up to start to talk about a particular subject during a conversation or meetingI didn’t want to bring up the subject of money.I knew you’d bring that up!raise to mention a subject that people should start to discuss or think about. Raise is more formal than bring something upHe promised to raise the issue with the prime minister.They raised a number of points.broach to mention a subject that may be embarrassing or upsetting, or that may cause an argumentI was reluctant to broach the subject of payment.cite formal to mention something as an example or proof of something else, or as a reason for somethingHong Kong is often cited as an example of this kind of economic system.allude to something formal to mention something in a way that is deliberately not directMany of the ancient Greek poets allude to this myth.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
mention• "Why didn't you tell me?" "It didn't seem worthmentioning."• We didn't really discuss the price, but somebodymentioned a figure of £300.• An Inhibition as mentionedabove, is rarely used.• As mentioned at the beginning, oil paints dry by oxidisation.• As I mentioned earlier, not all children who are aggressivedisplay these physicalcharacteristics.• As I mentioned earlier, sales this year have been lower than expected.• When you were talking to Barbara, did she mention her mother at all?• When I mentioned her name, he looked embarrassed.• Did I mention I sawLee and Johnyesterday?• Then he remembered that Liz had mentioned in passing that her father was a lawyer.• Now that you mention it, I did think she was behaving a little strangely last night.• As mentioned, later on we will talk about the importance of being a brand.• The insuranceindustry has all the power, not to mention our friendChuck Quackenbush as state insurance commissioner.• He mentioned something about a party, but he didn't say when it was.• At that stage the inspector did not mentionspentnuclearfuel.• I forgot to mention that I won't be in tomorrow.• Evementioned that you might be looking for a temporary job.• It is worth mentioning that young children are particularly vulnerable to accidents in the home.• She mentioned this every year until the year our parentsdied and she betrayed me, paying me back.• She had started having nosebleeds, but when she mentioned this to her doctor, he told her not to worry.• Did he mention where he went to school?• He didn't mention which limb though.fail/omit/neglect to mention something• But he failed to mention one keyappeal: fun.• For some reason Ted neglected to mention the deals when he was responding to questions from the board.• They offered no explanation for why they failed to mention the excessiveairborneformaldehyde last week.• New Labourfailed to mention the theatre in one of its early cheerleading manifestos for Cool Britannia.• Scriven had neglected to mention this in his presentation.• Moderncensures on Herodotos for failing to mention this obstacle have, here as often, been provedunjustified.• Why then omit to mention Walter?mentionmention2 ●●○ noun [countable usually singular, uncountable]MENTIONwhen someone mentions something or someone in a conversation, piece of writing etcmention ofHe made no mention of his wife’s illness.at the mention of somethingAt the mention of a trip to the seaside, the children got very excited.They all get a mention (=they are all mentioned) in the book.deserve/merit (a) mentionThere is one other person who deserves special mention (=is especially worth mentioning for something they have done). →honourable mentionCOLLOCATIONSverbsmake no mention of somethingNelson made no mention of his family; he talked only of his work.get/receive a mentionThis type of research rarely gets a mention in the media.deserve/merit a mentionThe village was large enough to merit a mention in the 11th century Domesday Book.adjectivesa brief mentionDillon makes only a brief mention of the idea in his book.special/particular mentionMrs. McMillan deserves particular mention for all her hard work.a passing mention (=a brief mention when other things seem more important)There was only a passing mention of the event in the paper.phrasesbe worthy of mention (=deserve to be talked about)This book is particularly worthy of mention for the clarity of its writing.the mere mention of something (=the fact of saying something that seems unimportant)The mere mention of his name caused her to burst into tears.