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

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment, the AP reported. Fox News, "Iranian-flagged oil tanker sought by US sets new destination," 24 Aug. 2019 The actor’s post garnered tons of comments, including replies from stars like Tom Brady and Mario Lopez. Georgia Slater,, "Mark Wahlberg Says 'Age Is Just a Number' in Shirtless Ab-Baring Photo," 24 Aug. 2019 Pomeroy, 53, did not respond to a request for comment Friday and is expected to make an announcement Sunday morning at the church. Jeremy Wallace,, "Sutherland Springs pastor plans to run for Texas State Senate," 23 Aug. 2019 The listing agent for the property declined comment when reached by the Globe. Jaclyn Reiss,, "Barack and Michelle Obama are reportedly buying a Martha’s Vineyard mansion," 22 Aug. 2019 His lawyers declined comment after Thursday’s sanity verdict. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man dubbed ‘Boy Next Door Killer’ found sane by jury," 22 Aug. 2019 Instagram accesses and analyzes a variety of posted content including hashtags, comments, keywords, and geotags. Kristina Libby, Popular Mechanics, "No, That Instagram Privacy Hoax Isn’t Real. It Never Is.," 22 Aug. 2019 No one there has responded to a request for comment. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Suit: Man found broken glass in drink at The Capital Grille in Indianapolis," 22 Aug. 2019 Poole did not immediately return a call for comment. Mary Grace Keller,, "Pennsylvania man charged with assault for allegedly punching woman in stomach in Westminster," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Here's the full tea-spill: Ariana hasn't yet commented on the drama. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Drag Queen Farrah Moan is COMING for Ariana Grande on Twitter for "Stealing" Her Look," 5 Sep. 2019 Officers at the scene declined to comment on the threat. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police respond to City Hall for report of bomb threat," 30 Aug. 2019 Thomas Sands, who is representing Shokiran, declined to comment. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Owner of senior apartments must explain why he hasn’t repaired an on-site elevator, judge says," 27 Aug. 2019 When reached by phone, Callahan, who's from Long Island, declined to comment. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Suit: Man found broken glass in drink at The Capital Grille in Indianapolis," 22 Aug. 2019 Atwood, of Linden Lab, declined to comment when asked about the accuracy of Pearlman’s description of events. Paris Martineau, WIRED, "Second Life Is Plagued by Security Flaws, Ex-Employee Says," 16 Aug. 2019 When asked if this move has anything to do with Trump, Walmart declined to comment. Nick Romano,, "Walmart instructs stores to remove ads for violent videogames after shootings," 9 Aug. 2019 Federal prosecutors declined to comment on the possibility of a forfeiture action. Washington Post, "Epstein may have gamed the system from beyond the grave," 25 Aug. 2019 Rhonda DeWine, when reached Friday by The Enquirer, declined to comment on the divorce filing or allegations of adultery. Jackie Borchardt,, "Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine's wife files for divorce, cites adultery; DeWine laments 'political gossip.'," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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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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