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noun [countable]     note pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a short letter to someone

    I sent a note to Jane thanking her for the meal.

    There’s a note from Dad on the table.

    write someone a note:

    I’ve written him a note asking him to meet me tonight.

    leave someone a note:

    We left them a note saying dinner was in the refrigerator.

    1. a.
      something that you write down to remind you of something
      make a note of something:

      I’ve made a note of what needs to be repaired.

    2. b.
      an extra piece of information about something in a book

      See note on page 10.

  2. 2


    [plural] details from something such as a lecture or a book that you write down so that you can remember them

    I wasn’t there – can I borrow your notes?

    take notes:

    It’ll help you later if you take notes.

    copious notes (=a lot of notes):

    She had listened carefully and taken copious notes.

    1. b.
  3. 3
    music an individual sound in music. A group of notes played together is called a chord and a series of notes that form a separate set is called a scale

    See if you can sing this note.

    He played a few notes on the piano.

    1. a.
      music a written sign that represents a musical note
  4. 4
    [usually singular] a particular mood or style
    on a humorous/positive/negative etc. note:

    His presidency began on an optimistic note.

    I’d like to end the discussion on a more cheerful note.

    1. a.
      a way of speaking or writing that shows what someone’s feelings are

      There was an impatient note in her voice.

      note of:

      a note of sadness in his letter

  5. 5
    mainly British a piece of paper money
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