mention

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.

Definitions of mention
  1. verb
    make reference to
    “His name was mentioned in connection with the invention”
    synonyms: advert, bring up, cite, name, refer
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    commend, remember
    mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship
    speak of the devil
    mention someone's name who just then appears
    remember
    mention favorably, as in prayer
    cite, quote
    refer to for illustration or proof
    touch on
    refer to or discuss briefly
    appeal, invoke
    cite as an authority; resort to
    namedrop
    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
    cross-refer
    refer from one entry to another, as in catalogues, books, and lists
    type of:
    have in mind, mean, think of
    intend to refer to
  2. verb
    make mention of
    synonyms: note, observe, remark
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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
    wisecrack
    make a comment, usually ironic
    kibbitz, kibitz
    make unwanted and intrusive comments
    type of:
    say, state, tell
    express in words
  3. verb
    commend
    synonyms: cite
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    acknowledge, notice
    express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with
  4. noun
    a remark that calls attention to something or someone
    “she made frequent mention of her promotion”
    “there was no mention of it”
    synonyms: reference
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    allusion
    passing reference or indirect mention
    retrospection
    reference to things past
    name-dropping
    the practice of casually mentioning important people in order to impress your listener
    type of:
    comment, input, remark
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
  5. noun
    a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
    “the article includes mention of similar clinical cases”
    synonyms: acknowledgment, citation, cite, credit, quotation, reference
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    photo credit
    a note acknowledging the source of a published photograph
    cross-index, cross-reference
    a reference at one place in a work to information at another place in the same work
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    annotation, notation, note
    a comment or instruction (usually added)
  6. noun
    an official recognition of merit
    “although he didn't win the prize he did get special mention
    synonyms: honorable mention
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    accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels
    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
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