Basic+ Word of the Day: notice

notice (verb, noun) past tense: noticed LISTEN

A notice board

If you notice something, it means that you see something and understand that it is not usual or normal.

  • I noticed your new coat. It's very nice!
  • She noticed that I never drink coffee.

Notice can also mean ‘to see something’ or ‘to know that something is there.’

  • I'm sorry, I didn't notice you there.

A notice is something written that gives us information.

  • There was a notice on the wall about the new dance classes.

Common uses

When we want to tell someone that they don’t need to worry about what someone thinks, we often say that they should take no notice. For example: “Those girls said that my dress is ugly.” “Take no notice of them. I think your dress is very nice!”

In pop culture

In this scene from the 1990s TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Will Smith is interested in a girl and tells her, “I noticed you noticing me.” How does she react?

There are other meanings of notice.

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