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 Gaetz’s office issued a statement on Thursday night in a response to a request for comment., "Justice Dept. inquiry into Matt Gaetz said to be focused on cash paid to women," 2 Apr. 2021 The Enquirer has reached out to the city of Cincinnati for comment and is awaiting a response. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Gun group: Cincinnati 'thumbed its nose' at citizens with 'illegal' gun law," 1 Apr. 2021 Wasserman Media Group and Laundry Service did not immediately return a request for comment. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "John Schnatter releases audio of infamous 'N-word' call, says it proves he was set up," 1 Apr. 2021 The embassy did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Secret Service arrests Oregon man who accused of assaulting Swiss ambassador, breaking into residence," 31 Mar. 2021 Department leaders could not be reached immediately for comment. Jesse Leavenworth,, "East Hartford police aide files federal suit against chief and town, contending discrimination," 31 Mar. 2021 Telegram did not respond to a request by ABC News for comment. Will Steakin And Josh Margolin, ABC News, "Militia extremists developing strategies to work around social media crackdown, DHS memo warns," 31 Mar. 2021 Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment. Washington Post, "‘I would kill to be sexually harassed’: Top Australia official reportedly joked about assault," 31 Mar. 2021 The board members did not immediately return requests for comment. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF school board member Alison Collins sues district, colleagues over response to her tweets," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Anchorage Police Department declined to comment on allegations made in the civil complaint and a representative for the municipality did not respond to a message. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Family of man shot and killed by Anchorage police is suing the city and officers for $20 million," 3 Apr. 2021 Southwest Airlines, which is based in Dallas, declined to comment on specific legislation. Gillian Friedman, New York Times, "American Airlines and Dell push back against restricting voter access in Texas.," 2 Apr. 2021 At the March 19 press conference, Skinner declined to comment on whether officers had been aware of a history of mental illness. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "Seven officers fired over death of 26-year-old Texas man in police custody," 2 Apr. 2021 Seven of Tillmann's closest collaborators have declined to comment on the allegations. Star Tribune, "Sean Tillmann, aka Har Mar Superstar, faces more sex accusations, fallout," 2 Apr. 2021 Cumming declined to comment on the investigation, although she has been engaged in a public dispute with Marilyn Mosby this year over an investigation Cumming’s office conducted. Emily Opilo,, "Video shows FBI, IRS entering Baltimore City Hall for probe into Mosbys, with help from inspector general," 2 Apr. 2021 Board members and the superintendent declined to comment on the suit, but experts say the situation is perhaps unprecedented and the losers could be families and students if board members can’t work together productively. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Alison Collins' lawsuit comes amid S.F. school district crisis. The real losers could be the students," 1 Apr. 2021 Northam administration officials have denied any role in her firing, and the inspector general’s office declined to comment on a personnel matter. Washington Post, "Northam seeks outside investigation of report claiming violations by Virginia Parole Board," 1 Apr. 2021 The Kremlin has declined to comment on Navalny’s condition, and prison authorities say his treatment has been in accordance with the law. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "How dissident Alexei Navalny’s new standoff with Russia’s Putin could play out," 1 Apr. 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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5 Apr 2021

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“Comment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 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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