comment

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noun

com·​ment ˈkä-ˌment How to pronounce comment (audio)
1
2
: a note explaining, illustrating, or criticizing the meaning of a writing
Comments on the passage were printed in the margin.
3
a
: 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

comment

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verb

commented; commenting; comments

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Balenciaga and its parent company, Kering, did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding Kardashian’s statements. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2022 Neither agency could immediately be reached for comment by USA TODAY on Monday. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2022 Neither Crosby nor Judd immediately responded to requests for comment regarding their votes. Jessie Dimartino, ABC News, 28 Nov. 2022 When asked again this week, INEOS provided no comment. James Robson, Chicago Tribune, 27 Nov. 2022 Contacted by Variety, an IFFI spokesman said that the festival would decline any comment. Patrick Frater, Variety, 27 Nov. 2022 Harrouff’s lead attorney, Robert Watson, declined comment. Terry Spencer, Orlando Sentinel, 27 Nov. 2022 Harrouff’s lead attorney, Robert Watson, declined comment. Terry Spencer, al, 26 Nov. 2022 Requests for comment from OSU and the Pac-12 were not immediately returned. oregonlive, 26 Nov. 2022
Verb
State prosecutors did not immediately comment about the judge's ruling. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 26 Nov. 2022 The Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., didn’t comment on the meddling allegations. Joyu Wang, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2022 Several members of the fraternity declined to comment to The Washington Post, with one saying they had been ordered by national leadership not to speak to reporters. Laura Vozzella, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Nov. 2022 Several members of the fraternity declined to comment to The Washington Post, with one saying they had been ordered by national leadership not to speak to reporters. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2022 At a Progressive Liberal Party event on Nov. 16, Davis declined to comment on FTX to Fortune. Leo Schwartz, Fortune, 18 Nov. 2022 Most either denied exposure or declined to comment to Forbes, when asked about FTX's collapse. Javier Paz, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Kardashian declined to comment to PEOPLE about the case. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2022 Helmick declined to comment to reporters after the hearing. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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

Dictionary Entries Near comment

Cite this Entry

“Comment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comment. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

comment 1 of 2

noun

com·​ment ˈkäm-ˌent How to pronounce comment (audio)
1
: an expression of opinion or attitude in speech or writing
2
: a remark that explains or criticizes

comment

2 of 2

verb

: to make a comment : remark

Legal Definition

comment

noun

com·​ment
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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