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

note, reflection, remark

Synonyms: Verb

allow, editorialize, note, observe, opine, reflect, remark, weigh in

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Examples of comment in a Sentence


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.


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

That process should take several months, and involves a 60-day public comment period for each rule. Teen Vogue, "How Trump's Anti-Transgender Policies Could Hurt Young People," 31 May 2019 This certainly isn't a happy ending for our hero, but the Romulan Empire comment appears to complicate things. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Trek: Picard'," 16 May 2019 Abelist comments like this are always frustrating but this one was a particular trigger for me. Esme Mazzeo, Glamour, "To Convince Dates My Wheelchair Isn't A Burden, I First Had to Convince Myself," 16 May 2019 Posting to the organization’s social media channels or website, moderating comments, updating profiles, editing or writing posts, etc. • Emailing newsletters, designing email templates, updating email lists, etc. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "How to Become a Virtual Assistant So You Can Work From Home," 7 May 2019 Those comments came despite the fact that the weekly anti-government protests have been largely peaceful. Dusan Stojanovic, The Seattle Times, "Thousands rally in Serbia against populist leader Vucic," 14 Apr. 2019 Allure reached out to Fenty Beauty for comment and was told it doesn't have an update at this time. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "“Fenty Skin” Was Officially Registered as a Trademark — Is Rihanna Going to Launch Skin Care Soon?," 11 Apr. 2019 Kendall's comments come about three months after both Hulu and Netflix released incriminating documentaries revealing the corrupt and unorganized preparations behind Fyre Festival, which was spearheaded by entrepreneur Billy McFarland. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Responds to Her Fyre Festival Involvement for the First Time," 3 Apr. 2019 Every comment submitted during the review process is also available along with individual responses. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "US tries to bury report on climate change’s dire health, economic impacts," 26 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Johnson hasn't commented on the outrage on either photo. Temi Adebowale, Good Housekeeping, "People Are Furious Over a Photo of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson," 19 Oct. 2018 While Bieber has yet to officially comment on what’s in store for her new endeavor, her signature back-from-the-beach glow, as well as her desert island essentials—mascara and lip balm—may offer clues as to what her debut offerings will be. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Is Reportedly Launching “Bieber Beauty”—What Could it Look Like?," 16 Apr. 2019 Silvey declined to comment about whether officials from the FBI or U.S. attorney’s office had spoken with him as part of the investigation. David A. Lieb, The Seattle Times, "Indictment claims charity money went to Missouri politicians," 12 Apr. 2019 Among his most recent questions, though, the father of two asked people to comment on his Newport Beach, California home and some of the responses were surprisingly negative—but not because of the design. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Tarek El Moussa’s Followers Are Dad-Shaming Him Because of the Layout of His Newport Beach Home," 27 Feb. 2019 Spotify did not respond to a request for comment, and Apple declined to comment. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "NPR wants to know what podcast ads you skip," 27 Dec. 2018 Officials at Lockheed Martin, maker of the Space Fence, declined to comment for this story. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Space Junk Could Provide a Perfect Hiding Spot for Tiny Spy Satellites," 30 Nov. 2018 Representatives for Swedbank and Södra both declined to comment. Kristin Broughton And Dominic Chopping, WSJ, "Hedge-Fund Manager Bill Browder Calls for Top Level Staffing Changes at Swedbank as Chairman Resigns," 5 Apr. 2019 No one was injured and the star wasn't home at the time of the crash, but that didn't stop her from commenting on the latest home break-in. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Taylor Swift Has the Best Reaction To A Car Crashing Into Her Home," 4 Apr. 2019

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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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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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