brief, passing
earliest, first

The earliest mention of the town is in a 16th-century manuscript.

particular, specific

No explicit mention of a sexual relationship is made.

little, scant

There is scant mention of her in the literature.


The mere mention of his name brings a smile to my face.

media (esp. AmE)

The company racked up two billion media mentions in 2002.

deserve, merit, rate, warrant

My cousin deserves a mention for all his hard work.

The war barely rates a mention in this book.

get, receive

His professor gets a mention in the acknowledgements.


Special mention must be made of Watson's wonderful performance as the doctor.

give sb

Andrew Divoff is given special mention.

avoid, omit

The author omitted any mention of the report.


I've heard no mention of a salary increase this year.

at the mention of

At the very mention of his name, Kate started shaking with fright.

already, earlier, just, previously, so far

As already mentioned, the legislation does not consider low pay as an acceptable reason for turning down a job.

This aspect is discussed further by Crane, whom I mentioned earlier.

All the approaches mentioned so far are fairly conventional.

commonly, frequently
rarely, seldom

He's never mentioned you before.

briefly, in passing

He only mentioned his work in passing.


I casually mentioned that I might be interested in working in Florida.

directly, explicitly, expressly, specifically

She did not specifically mention your name.


He was the first to publicly mention this.


The same places are repeatedly mentioned in the data.

barely, hardly, scarcely (esp. BrE)
not actually, not at all

Although she didn't actually mention the move, I am sure that was in her mind.

My name wasn't mentioned at all.

not bother to, fail to, forget to, neglect to, omit to
hesitate to

I hesitate to mention it, but … 

care to

more hours than I care to mention

happen to

Did he happen to mention putting you in his will?

remember to, think to

I just never thought to mention it to you.


Next spring has been mentioned as a possible time for the event.


She didn't mention the economy in her speech.

in connection with

His name had been mentioned in connection with the murder of a local man.


Please don't mention this to Sally.

avoid mentioning sb/sth

He avoided mentioning his family.

be worth mentioning sth

At this point, it is worth mentioning that many people who were adopted as babies have no desire to meet their biological parents.

mentioned above, mentioned below

In the example mentioned above, either method of construction could have been used.

mentioned in dispatches (esp. BrE)

Wounded in action, he was twice mentioned in dispatches.

mention the fact that … 

Did I mention the fact that I'm now single?

not to mention (= used to add extra information)

He has two big houses, not to mention his city apartment.

come to mention it, now you come to mention it, now you mention it (all esp. BrE)

Now that you come to mention it, he did say something about a ghost.

to mention but a few, to mention just a few

plumbers, printers and potters, to mention but a few

Mention is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑article, ↑report
Mention is used with these nouns as the object: ↑name, ↑word

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