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

Martin Weinberg, an attorney for the financier, did not respond to a request for comment Friday about the documents. Anchorage Daily News, "Court filings describe system Jeffrey Epstein allegedly used to procure girls," 10 Aug. 2019 An attorney for Crusius did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the affidavit. Robert Moore, Washington Post, "El Paso suspect said he was targeting ‘Mexicans,’ told officers he was the shooter, police say," 9 Aug. 2019 His agent, Tara Modlin, did not respond when asked for comment about Wagner’s allegation. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Former skater Adam Schmidt alleges in lawsuit that Olympic coach Richard Callaghan sexually abused him," 9 Aug. 2019 An attorney for Crusius did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the affidavit. Dallas News, "'I'm the shooter': Allen man admits Mexicans were the target in El Paso massacre," 9 Aug. 2019 Even women from the left, who fully supported the purpose of my protest, made comments about my missing bra underneath my white tank and jeans. Michael Avedon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Explores What It Means to Be Hyper Feminine," 8 Aug. 2019 The pair appear to be in a recording studio, which led many fans to speculate in the comments about a possible collaboration between the two. Cady Lang, Time, "Lizzo and Megan Thee Stallion's Friendship Is the Hot Girl Summer Content We Deserve," 8 Aug. 2019 The Arizona Republic's efforts to reach Ronnebeck for comment about his bid were unsuccessful, but his campaign touts his eight meetings with Trump and friendship with local law-enforcement officials. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "'Angel Dad' Steve Ronnebeck to make congressional run in Rep. Raul Grijalva's district," 8 Aug. 2019 Trump’s comments about possible legislative responses to the weekend carnage continued a pattern in recent days of advocating unfocused ideas without specifics — a pattern that would face an uncertain path in Congress. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump arrives in El Paso after staying largely out of public view in Dayton," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are people who are just glued to their social-media accounts, commenting all the time. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "Why John Delaney Won’t Drop Out of the Presidential Race," 11 Aug. 2019 David Corrigan, the attorney for the Gloucester County School Board, declined to comment in an email to The Associated Press. Washington Post, "Virginia transgender bathroom case: Judge favors ex-student," 10 Aug. 2019 Universal did not immediately reply to comment on Trump’s tweet. James Hibberd,, "Trump slams The Hunt movie where elites target 'deplorables'," 9 Aug. 2019 The actress’s famous friends, including Courteney Cox and Lena Headey, commented their approval with heart eyes and heart emojis. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Hudson’s Daughter Rani Rose Looks So Grown Up in New Instagram Pics," 9 Aug. 2019 Editor's note: Timothée Chalamet was not available to comment when Marie Claire reached out about his reaction to TWITC ending. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, August 9 Edition," 9 Aug. 2019 Viacom's management isn't expected to comment on the state of talks during its earnings conference call Thursday morning. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Viacom Posts Higher Film Profit, U.S. Ad Revenue as CBS Deal Talks Continue," 8 Aug. 2019 Her attorney, Sarah McEllistrem, also declined to comment last month, citing terms of the separation agreement. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Former Inver Grove Heights clerk gets $89K from separation agreement," 7 Aug. 2019 Bill Miller declined to comment or make any executives available for an interview. Madison Iszler,, "Bill Miller finds itself in the midst of a firestorm," 7 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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a period when something is suspended

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