comment

noun
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

comment

verb
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

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

Massey said Trump's comments remind her of the rhetoric coming from neo-Nazis in Germany and Poland. Jesse J. Holland And Russell Contreras, chicagotribune.com, "Trump draws fierce criticism for saying immigration is 'changing the culture' of Europe for worse," 14 July 2018 Department officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday night. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "'I only ever wanted justice,' says 18-year-old allegedly assaulted by Baltimore officer," 14 July 2018 That should be helpful, since before, no one was notified when a new comment was added. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Pinterest adds a chat tool for collaborative planning boards," 11 July 2018 Hanson said at the present time there is no comment to make and referred questions to Long. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Insurance canceled unexpectedly for Antioch police chief's widow: 'I don't know what I'm going to do'," 11 July 2018 Durant was tagged in the post and jumped into Champion’s comments. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Kevin Durant got into the pettiest Instagram argument with a teenager," 11 July 2018 One of the women who broadcasted Meghan’s comments was Una Mullally, a prominent journalist and campaigner for women’s rights. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Someone Accidentally Tweeted That Meghan Markle Has an Abortion Opinion," 11 July 2018 Pastor's comments alone seem to be enough to make one skeptical. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Time's up for Jeff Pastor's campaign finance report. Is an investigation coming?," 11 July 2018 Such comments have stirred unease not just in Europe, but in Washington. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s attacks on NATO raise questions about its future," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Twitter declined NBC News' request to comment on the specifics of individual rights holders. NBC News, "Fans howl over taking down World Cup Twitter posts for copyright issues," 14 July 2018 Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios has refused to comment on his future amid rumours that Tottenham could make a bid to bring him to the Premier League. SI.com, "Colombian Midfielder Wilmar Barrios Coy on Future as He Responds to Tottenham Links," 13 July 2018 McCoy has denied involvement in the pistol-whipping of his ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon by an unknown assailant in his home in Georgia on Tuesday, and his lawyer, Don Samuel, did not reply to a request to comment Friday. Will Hobson, chicagotribune.com, "LeSean McCoy's 2015 'females only' party generated police complaint from co-host," 13 July 2018 The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request to comment on whether the indictment might affect preparations for the meeting with Mr. Putin. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Russian Agents’ Indictment Raises Stakes Ahead of Trump-Putin Summit," 13 July 2018 Micheli’s defense attorney in the District, Assistant Federal Defender Tony W. Miles, declined to comment on the case, as did a spokeswoman for the Nashville metropolitan public defender’s office, including about whether Micheli has entered a plea. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, "An alleged murder by absconding inmate prompts relocation of D.C. Jail prisoners to Virginia," 13 July 2018 The books confirm artists who used the various platforms to comment on commercialism, brand identity and pop music iconography. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "The Art of De-Evolution: Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale discuss two new books that celebrate punk band Devo's visual work," 12 July 2018 Reached by The Washington Post early Thursday, a representative for Sirens strip club refused to comment. Author: Samantha Schmidt, Anchorage Daily News, "Stormy Daniels arrested at an Ohio strip club for touching patrons, police say," 12 July 2018 Mayor Kevin Faulconer also declined to comment through a spokesman. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "If state Supreme Court rules against San Diego on pensions, it could could cost city millions," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of comment

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for comment

Noun

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

Verb

see comment entry 1

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comment

noun

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)

comment

verb

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

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

comment

noun
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.

comment

verb
commented; commenting

Kids Definition of comment (Entry 2 of 2)

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

comment

noun
com·ment

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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