com·​ment | \ˈkä-ˌment \

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

Trump’s comments about GM’s plan are the latest example of his willingness to try to meddle in the affairs of private companies and threaten to use government power to influence their business decisions. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump suggests he’s looking into tariffs on car imports," 28 Nov. 2018 No attorneys from Six4Three responded to Ars' request for comment. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Six4Three exec “panicked” in UK MP’s office, gave up Facebook internal files," 27 Nov. 2018 During the episode, the 24-year-old revealed that trolls were scrolling through her old Instagram posts and making horrible comments about her weight. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Long Island Medium' Theresa Caputo Shares Heartbreaking Update About Her Daughter's Bullying," 30 Oct. 2018 Facebook has yet to offer any comment about the departure. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram’s co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, are leaving amid frustrations with parent company Facebook," 25 Sep. 2018 Although the company had not responded to a request for comment at the time of the report’s publication, the evidence overwhelmingly suggests that this is finally the end for Telltale Games. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Telltale Games is reportedly closing down for good as games disappear," 15 Nov. 2018 This comment was met with laughter, some of it nervous, in the conference room. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russian space leader suggests engineers test spacecraft Stalin’s way," 13 Nov. 2018 After last week’s 100 hour work week comments, Kotaku followed up this week with an in-depth article based on over 80 interviews. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Alan Wake is back on sale after a 17 month absence, Layers of Fear 2 announced," 26 Oct. 2018 An email to Britt requesting comment was not immediately returned. Samuel Chamberlain | Fox News, Fox News, "Far-left cartoonist accused of targeting Kavanaugh's 10-year-old daughter in vicious cartoon," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Smith County District Attorney's Office, which prosecuted Clark, declined to comment. Fox News, "Texas executes man in the torture, drowning of ex-roommate," 28 Sep. 2018 The Montgomery County prosecuting attorney’s office declined to comment. Li Zhou, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh faces possible new misconduct allegations in Montgomery County, Maryland," 24 Sep. 2018 The details came from a log obtained by the BBC; the airline has yet to comment. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "How Could a Brand New Boeing Jet Crash Without Warning?," 31 Oct. 2018 Jurvetson declined to comment through a spokesperson. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Steve Jurvetson, ousted from his firm almost a year ago, is building up a team in preparation for his comeback," 13 Oct. 2018 The airline did respond to's request to comment below. Tricia Powell As Told To Nicole Blades, Good Housekeeping, "When an Airline Served Nuts on My Flight, I Almost Died in Front of My Kids," 26 Sep. 2018 In an email to Ars, a King Bio representative declined to comment further on the issue, including requests for comment on the FDA’s concerns about manufacturing conditions or what the company was doing to correct the contamination issue. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Homeopathic co. expands recall as FDA warns of “life-threatening” infections," 29 Aug. 2018 Both Disney and Zendaya's reps declined to comment to the outlet. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zendaya Is Rumored To Play Ariel In Disney's Live-Action The Little Mermaid," 23 Aug. 2018 Kensington Palace has yet to comment, and they likely won't, given that this is a personal trip. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Prince George Spent His Fifth Birthday," 23 July 2018

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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


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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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 \

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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