com·​ment | \ ˈkä-ˌment How to pronounce comment (audio) \

Definition of comment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a note explaining, illustrating, or criticizing the meaning of a writing Comments on the passage were printed in the margin.
3a : an observation or remark expressing an opinion or attitude critical comments constructive comments
b : a judgment expressed indirectly sees the film as a comment on modern values


commented; commenting; comments

Definition of comment (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a comment on

intransitive verb

: to explain or interpret something by comment commenting on recent developments commented on the poem's symbolism

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Synonyms for comment

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of comment in a Sentence

Noun The most frequent comment was that the service was slow. I find your comments offensive. I'd like to begin with a few general comments. Comments or suggestions can be sent to our main Web address. We haven't gotten any comments on the new design. I'd appreciate your comments on this issue. We've received positive comments from many of our readers. She couldn't be reached for comment. The new edition includes the translator's comments. The radio program offers news and comment. Verb When asked about his involvement in the scandal, he refused to comment. She commented that the service seemed slow.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Justice Department did not respond to a request for comment. Hannah Allam, Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2021 Both a representative for Dante and a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 17 Sep. 2021 Representatives with the Federal Public Defender’s Office did not respond to requests for comment. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 Davis' lawyer could not be immediately reached for comment on Friday. NBC News, 17 Sep. 2021 Guangdong authorities and Evergrande did not respond to a request for comment. Michelle Toh, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 Apple and Google have not responded to a request for comment. Daria Litvinova, ajc, 17 Sep. 2021 Trauth did not elaborate on her diagnosis or treatment plan and was not immediately available for comment Friday. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 Pfizer did not immediately respond to a request for comment., 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Asked about the inquiry, Brian Walsh, director of labor standards enforcement and contract compliance for the City of Minneapolis, declined to comment. NBC News, 6 Sep. 2021 Lawyers for the two men declined to comment, but have argued in court filings that their clients believed the payments were legitimate donations., 6 Sep. 2021 Two dozen major companies contacted Friday by The New York Times either did not reply or declined to comment. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 5 Sep. 2021 Calling the matter a legal issue, Republican councilman Todd Crandell declined to comment. Taylor Deville,, 4 Sep. 2021 Ambassador Holtz, reached in Doha, declined to comment, referring questions to the State Department press office. New York Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Carel Ale, an attorney from the federal public defender’s office who represented Tillmon, declined to comment. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 Bannon, through a spokesperson, declined to comment. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, 2 Sep. 2021 Attorneys for Elsheikh were also present for the plea hearing Thursday and declined to comment. Christina Carrega And Liz Stark, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of comment


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for comment

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Late Latin commentum, from Latin, invention, from neuter of commentus, past participle of comminisci to invent, from com- + -minisci (akin to ment-, mens mind) — more at mind

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The first known use of comment was in the 14th century

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20 Sep 2021

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“Comment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of comment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a spoken or written statement that expresses an opinion about someone or something
: a written note that explains or discusses the meaning of something (such as a piece of writing)
: spoken or written discussion about something (such as an event in the news)



English Language Learners Definition of comment (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a statement about someone or something : to make a comment


com·​ment | \ ˈkä-ˌment How to pronounce comment (audio) \

Kids Definition of comment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an expression of opinion either in speech or writing The most frequent comment was that service was slow.
2 : mention of something that deserves notice I'd like to make a few general comments before we begin class.


commented; commenting

Kids Definition of comment (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a statement about someone or something : make a comment



Legal Definition of comment

1 often capitalized
a : an essay analyzing, criticizing, or explaining a subject a comment published in the Yale Law Review
b : an explanatory remark appended to a section of text (as of enacted code)
2 : an expression of an opinion or attitude about something: as
a : a remark to a jury by a judge or prosecutor about evidence

Note: A prosecutor may not remark to the jury that a defendant's failure to testify implies guilt, and a judge may not remark to the jury his or her opinion about what the evidence does or does not prove.

b : a written expression of opinion or information solicited by an agency about a subject of its rulemaking — see also informal rulemaking

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