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 Chauvin’s attorney had no comment when reached by The Associated Press. Aaron Morrison And Tim Sullivan, Houston Chronicle, "Thousands ignore Minneapolis curfew as U.S. protests spread," 30 May 2020 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services did not respond to requests for comment. Los Angeles Times, "Newsom’s budget cuts would hit Californians most vulnerable to coronavirus," 30 May 2020 When a reader pressed for a source in the comment section, Efogator shared the link to a PolitiFact article that debunked its claims. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Novel coronavirus is a virus, not a bacterium easily treated with aspirin," 29 May 2020 The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Doug Glass, The Christian Science Monitor, "Angry protests spread to other cities after George Floyd's death," 28 May 2020 Reached this week after Loverro’s resignation, Wright had no comment. Lee Roop |, al, "Alabama’s Dynetics is this close to building America’s next moon lander," 24 May 2020 Doja Cat responded directly in the comments section, but Del Rey seems to imply that Ariana Grande reached out privately regarding the initial post. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Lana Del Rey Implied That Ariana Grande Reached Out Over Her ‘Controversial’ Post," 23 May 2020 Or log in and leave a message in the comments section. Matt Goul, cleveland, "OHSAA football playoff expansion in 2021 is next step of evolving the sport," 21 May 2020 Join the conversation in the comment section or tell us about your experience in the form at the end of this article to contribute to a future reporting project. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Big Consulting Firms Push Back Start Dates for New Hires," 17 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Asked about the family's concerns, an ICE spokesperson said the agency could not comment on Perez's medical condition, citing state and federal privacy laws. CBS News, ""My son is in danger": Fear mounts over largest coronavirus outbreak in ICE detention," 15 May 2020 Instagram videos can now be watched and commented upon from the desktop. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Facebook Messenger Rooms challenges Zoom with free, unlimited group video calls," 24 Apr. 2020 None of them were willing to comment about any potential negotiations. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airlines Look to Credit Card Companies for Cash—Which Impacts Your Points and Miles," 21 Apr. 2020 Grace Salazar, spokeswoman for the RCA, said the agency could not comment on the appeal. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Valdez appeals decision that allowed Hilcorp to keep finances private in $5.6 billion deal with BP Alaska," 15 Apr. 2020 UNC System spokesman Josh Ellis and a UNC-Charlotte spokesperson also declined to comment. USA TODAY, "Turtle Derby, cleaner subways, Zoom meeting hacked: News from around our 50 states," 2 May 2020 Valenzuela Valles declined to comment. -- Fedor Zarkhin Subscribe to Oregonian/OregonLive newsletters and podcasts for the latest news and top stories. oregonlive, "Police allowed funeral wake to continue in Woodburn despite governor’s coronavirus orders," 2 May 2020 Others either requested anonymity, including the salon owner with an early-morning lash appointment or declined to comment. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Some businesses promised to open Friday in defiance of Ducey's stay-home orders. Will they actually do it?," 1 May 2020 Sidecar, the first ride-hailing company, got a federal judge’s OK to proceed with a lawsuit alleging that Uber used anticompetitive practices to dominate the market and force Sidecar out of business. Uber declined to comment. Carolyn Said,, "Sidecar lawsuit alleging Uber monopoly practices can continue, judge says," 1 May 2020

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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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3 Jun 2020

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“Comment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce comment (audio)

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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