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 Antle could not immediately be reached for comment. Denise Lavoie, Star Tribune, "Man featured on 'Tiger King' charged with animal cruelty," 9 Oct. 2020 The Washington Examiner reached out to Microsoft for comment. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Microsoft will allow some employees to work from home permanently: Report," 9 Oct. 2020 Antle could not immediately be reached for comment. Denise Lavoie,, "Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, who was featured on ‘Tiger King’, charged with animal cruelty," 9 Oct. 2020 Nike did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment. Ben Church, CNN, "Flashing lights and smashing world records. Is this the future of athletics?," 9 Oct. 2020 World Class officials didn’t respond to requests for comment. Madison Iszler,, "Firm tied to Nate Paul, businessman at center of Paxton scandal, owns San Antonio properties," 9 Oct. 2020 All 13 defendants or their attorneys could not be reached immediately for comment. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "These 13 men were charged with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer: Here's what we know," 9 Oct. 2020 The lieutenant and his men could not be reached for comment, and in recent days were transferred to a prison in Kabul as the investigation continued. David Zucchino, New York Times, "An Afghan Boy’s Rape and Death Prompt a Rare Response: Arrests," 9 Oct. 2020 Robinson did not respond to a request for comment Thursday. Anchorage Daily News, "Michigan kidnapping plot, like so many extremist crimes, was foreshadowed on social media," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Billy Gibbens, Williams’ attorney, declined to comment. John Simerman,, "Federal judge OKs hearing but refuses to toss tax case against Council President Jason Williams," 8 Oct. 2020 Reached by phone Tuesday, Anderson-Villaluz declined to comment. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, USA TODAY, "US surgeon general Jerome Adams cited for visiting closed Hawaii park," 7 Oct. 2020 The group declined to make current members available for interview, and some members reached by The Post declined to comment. Author: Emma Brown, Jon Swaine, Michelle Boorstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served as a ‘handmaid’ in Christian group People of Praise," 7 Oct. 2020 Ronaldo's attorney, Peter Christiansen, declined Tuesday to comment. Ken Ritter, Star Tribune, "US judge points Ronaldo rape case in Las Vegas toward trial," 6 Oct. 2020 Because the case is still open, LMPD declined to comment. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "A shadowy figure, an 'ambush': Officers give jumbled accounts of night Breonna Taylor died," 4 Oct. 2020 John Perlich, a spokesperson for the city of Fort Wayne, declined to comment. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, "Man who lost eye after officer fired tear gas cannister into his face sues Fort Wayne," 3 Oct. 2020 The University of Oxford's Jenner Institute, which developed the vaccine that AstraZeneca is now producing and which pioneered the technology behind it, declined to comment. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "With AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine trials on hold in the U.S., a gulf widens between America and other countries," 2 Oct. 2020 At the time, plant manager Dennis Stasa declined to comment. Brian Chasnoff,, "‘Deceitful’: Postal union leader testifies that visiting U.S. congressman was duped during San Antonio post office visit," 2 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'comment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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13 Oct 2020

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“Comment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 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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