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note / nōt/ • n. 1. a brief record of facts, topics, or thoughts, written down as an aid to memory: I'll make a note in my diary | Robyn arranged her notes on the lectern. ∎  a short comment on or explanation of a word or passage in a book or article; an annotation: see note iv above. 2. a short informal letter or written message: I left her a note explaining where I was going. ∎  an official letter sent from the representative of one government to another. ∎  a short official document that certifies a particular thing: you need a sick note from your doctor. 3. Brit. a banknote: a ten-pound note. 4. a single tone of definite pitch made by a musical instrument or the human voice: the last notes of the symphony died away. ∎  a written sign representing the pitch and duration of such a sound. ∎  a key of a piano or similar instrument: black notes | white notes. ∎  a bird's song or call, or a single tone in this: the tawny owl has a harsh flight note. 5. [in sing.] a particular quality or tone that reflects or expresses a mood or attitude: there was a note of scorn in her voice | the decade could have ended on an optimistic note. ∎  any of the basic components of fragrance or flavor: the fresh note of bergamot. • v. [tr.] 1. notice or pay particular attention to (something): noting his mother's unusual gaiety| please note that you will not receive a reminder that final payment is due. ∎  remark upon (something), typically in order to draw someone's attention to it: we noted earlier the difficulties inherent in this strategy. 2. record (something) in writing: he noted down her address on a piece of paper. PHRASES: hit (or strike) the right (or wrong) note say or do something in exactly the right (or wrong) way. of note 1. worth paying attention to: many of his comments are worthy of note. 2. important; distinguished: Roman historians of note include Livy, Tacitus, and Sallust. strike a false note appear insincere or inappropriate: she greeted him gushingly, and that struck a false note. strike (or sound) a note of express (a particular feeling or view) about something: he sounded a note of caution about the trend toward health foods. take note pay attention: employers should take note of the needs of disabled people.

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note sign denoting a musical sound; musical sound of a certain pitch; †melody, tune; call of a bird XIII; mark, sign, character XIV; abstract, brief record or statement XV; annotation, comment; short letter; distinction; notice, regard XVI; written promise to pay XVII. — (O)F. — L. nota mark, etc.
So note vb. observe, indicate XIII; mark XV. — (O)F. noter — L. notāre. notation †explanation of a term; †annotation XVI; representation by signs XVIII. — L. or (O)F.

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1. A single sound of a given mus. pitch and duration; in Amer. called a tone.

2. A written sign representing (1).

3. A finger-key of the pf., organ, accordion, etc. to produce a sound of particular pitch.

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NOTE

To take notice of. Acommercial paperthat contains an express and absolute promise by the maker to pay to a specific individual, to order, or to bearer a definite sum of money on demand or at a specifically designated time.