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

Multiple Senate Republicans had expressed doubts about his prospects, citing among other issues his comments about women. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Stephen Moore’s Writings on Women," 2 May 2019 Obama reportedly only laughed and shook her head, keeping things classy and refraining from elaborating further on her comments. Glamour, "Michelle Obama Just Made a Rare Comment About Donald Trump," 16 Apr. 2019 His flirty comment, which included a heart eye emoji, got a huge reaction from fans, but JLo has insisted that there’s no drama between her, her ex and her new fiancé, Alex Rodriguez. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez Reveals Diddy Apologized to Alex Rodriguez After Leaving a Flirty Instagram Comment," 11 Apr. 2019 The Dawson's Creek alum reportedly only made her first public comments about her link to Foxx in 2018, after her rep denied tabloid breakup rumors. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Had a Rare PDA Moment on an Outing with His Daughter," 11 Apr. 2019 Grey's fans immediately started begging the 53-year-old actor to come back to the show in his comments section. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Ambush Patrick Dempsey's Instagram and BEG Him to Reprise Derek Shepherd," 4 Apr. 2019 The interaction comes just after Kylie made her first public comment regarding what occurred with Jordyn. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Jordyn Woods's Mom Elizabeth Woods Commented on Kylie Jenner's Instagram," 3 Apr. 2019 Her comments drew the ire of SOS Homophobie, a group fighting violence and discrimination against LGBT people. Samuel Petrequin, The Seattle Times, "French league boss clarifies comments on anti-gay chants," 26 Mar. 2019 Her comments are full of fans dying over her new hair color. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Jada Pinkett Smith Brought Back Her '90s Blonde Hair and Looks 23 Again," 21 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While Bieber has yet to officially comment on what’s in store for her new endeavor, her signature back-from-the-beach glow, as well as her desert island essentials—mascara and lip balm—may offer clues as to what her debut offerings will be. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Is Reportedly Launching “Bieber Beauty”—What Could it Look Like?," 16 Apr. 2019 Silvey declined to comment about whether officials from the FBI or U.S. attorney’s office had spoken with him as part of the investigation. David A. Lieb, The Seattle Times, "Indictment claims charity money went to Missouri politicians," 12 Apr. 2019 Among his most recent questions, though, the father of two asked people to comment on his Newport Beach, California home and some of the responses were surprisingly negative—but not because of the design. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Tarek El Moussa’s Followers Are Dad-Shaming Him Because of the Layout of His Newport Beach Home," 27 Feb. 2019 Spotify did not respond to a request for comment, and Apple declined to comment. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "NPR wants to know what podcast ads you skip," 27 Dec. 2018 Officials at Lockheed Martin, maker of the Space Fence, declined to comment for this story. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Space Junk Could Provide a Perfect Hiding Spot for Tiny Spy Satellites," 30 Nov. 2018 Representatives for Swedbank and Södra both declined to comment. Kristin Broughton And Dominic Chopping, WSJ, "Hedge-Fund Manager Bill Browder Calls for Top Level Staffing Changes at Swedbank as Chairman Resigns," 5 Apr. 2019 No one was injured and the star wasn't home at the time of the crash, but that didn't stop her from commenting on the latest home break-in. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Taylor Swift Has the Best Reaction To A Car Crashing Into Her Home," 4 Apr. 2019 Since then, Selena hasn’t publicly posted or commented about her love life, though her friends have. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Selena Gomez's Love Life," 4 Apr. 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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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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