To mention something is to bring it up. If your mother embarrasses you by constantly mentioning your stuffed animal that you've been sleeping with for the past 15 years, you might mention it to her.
In the context of awards, an "honorable mention" is an official recognition but not a prize. If you enter a writing competition, the judges might not think your piece is the best, but they might mention, or briefly say, that it came very close to winning.
v make reference to
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mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship
speak of the devil
mention someone's name who just then appears
mention favorably, as in prayer
refer to for illustration or proof
refer to or discuss briefly
cite as an authority; resort to
refer to people that one assumes one's interlocutors admire in order to try to impress them
bring up, raise
put forward for consideration or discussion
drag up, dredge up
mention something unpleasant from the past
refer from one entry to another, as in catalogues, books, and lists
v make mention of
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comment, notice, point out, remark
make or write a comment on
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
make a comment, usually ironic
make unwanted and intrusive comments
n a remark that calls attention to something or someone
passing reference or indirect mention
reference to things past
the practice of casually mentioning important people in order to impress your listener
n a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
a note acknowledging the source of a published photograph
a reference at one place in a work to information at another place in the same work