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

Now, all there is left to do is enjoy the hilarious memes, and wait for the Kardashians to make their comments. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Did Kylie Jenner Keep Jordyn Woods’ Secret About Hooking Up with Tristan Thompson?," 21 Feb. 2019 The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says," 20 Feb. 2019 His comments were a departure for the Justice Department, which rarely comments on the state of the investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Seattle Times, "House panel to vote on subpoena for acting attorney general," 5 Feb. 2019 The president has 58 million Twitter followers and a vast conservative media-industrial complex that will happily amplify his comments. Sean Illing, Vox, "How the media should respond to Trump’s lies: State of the Union edition," 5 Feb. 2019 YouTube and Hevesh didn’t immediately respond to emails requesting their comments. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube faces backlash on Twitter over lifted, uncredited holiday video," 26 Dec. 2018 And the dramatic black siding reaffirms my comments from yesterday; Would this historic house be nearly as dramatic & eery if painted white? Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Live In A Replica Of The Salem Witch House," 31 Oct. 2018 The fund didn’t respond to a request for comment for that story. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "China’s Silk Road Fund Denies It Has Been in Talks With Japan Display," 24 Jan. 2019 Popular Mechanics has reached out to the AFA for comment regarding any potential plans for a general strike, but hasn't received a reply. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "President of Flight Attendants Union Suggests General Strike to End Government Shutdown," 23 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

North Korean state media hasn’t commented on either report. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "North Korea Keeps Stockpiling Materials to Make Nuclear Weapons, Report Finds," 12 Feb. 2019 Sources told Page Six that the pair is engaged, although the couple has not yet commented on the news. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Jennifer Lawrence's Man, Cooke Maroney?," 6 Feb. 2019 Neither Rao nor the White House has commented on this latest development. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Trump Judicial Nominee Neomi Rao's Thoughts on Rape Are Sparking Major Controversy," 14 Jan. 2019 Prince William, ever the proud father, has also commented on the subject. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte Had Some Mother-Daughter Time with Kate Middleton at The Nutcracker," 6 Dec. 2018 Gaines, who starred on five seasons of Fixer Upper with her husband, Chip, has not commented on the reports. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa Shuts Down Tabloid Report About Alleged Joanna Gaines Feud," 20 Nov. 2018 An Epic spokesman declined to comment on the giveaway. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "‘Apex Legends’ Is EA’s Move to Out-Fortnite ‘Fortnite’," 23 Feb. 2019 Gigi Hadid has commented on topics like immigration and the importance of voting, but rarely has the model used fashion as a medium for pointed political messaging. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "One Month Before the Parkland Shooting Anniversary, Gigi Hadid Shows Support for March for Our Lives," 14 Jan. 2019 Lyft and Uber both declined to comment on the data. Rani Molla, Recode, "Lyft has eaten into Uber’s U.S. market share, new data suggests," 12 Dec. 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

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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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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