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 Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new Hofeller material. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "Documents suggest connection between GOP strategist and census official on citizenship question, lawyers say," 15 June 2019 Neither McConnell's office nor the Bevin campaign immediately responded to a request for comment on Saturday. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "McConnell was behind kicking Jenean Hampton off Bevin's reelection ticket, fired aide says," 15 June 2019 Keel’s father, Darnell Keel, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the agency’s decision. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Son of Harvey cop shot security guards, patron before being killed, sheriff's investigation finds," 14 June 2019 Neither Apple nor Google immediately responded to a request for comment on Cellebrite's new UFED product announcement. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Cellebrite Now Says It Can Unlock Any iPhone for Cops," 14 June 2019 Fritts could not be immediately reached for comment on Friday. David K. Li, NBC News, "Tennessee detective who preached gay people are 'worthy of death' having cases reviewed for bias," 14 June 2019 The campaign didn’t respond to a request for additional comment on the Democratic move. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "DC Democrats target Colorado’s Scott Tipton as 2020 House race begins," 14 June 2019 As of press time, none of them have responded to my requests for comment on the propriety of booking Brown, or the thinking that went into it. John Wenzel, The Know, "Commentary: Chris Brown headlining Summer Jam is a stain on Denver," 13 June 2019 The Free Press has reached out to Monsanto for comment on the latest report. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Popular cereals, snack bars still contain weed killer chemical," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Both the festival organizers and the Coffee County Sheriff's Department declined to comment further. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "A Bonnaroo festivalgoer is dead after he was found unresponsive in campgrounds," 16 June 2019 Beto’s campaign declined to comment for this story. Jeremy B. Merrill, Quartz, "Does Google not realize Beto O’Rourke is running for president?," 14 June 2019 The Gadsden Times declined to comment for this story. Ivana Hrynkiw |,, "Trenton Garmon denies wrongdoing in arrest, says he uses medical marijuana," 12 June 2019 No other information was being released and tribal authorities declined to comment to the KAPP. Fox News, "Washington shootings leave 5 dead, 3 in custody amid search for 'extremely dangerous' suspect," 11 June 2019 Prosecutors declined to comment through a Navy spokesman. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge rules Navy SEAL murder trial will proceed," 8 June 2019 The couple later divorced, and the ex-wife declined to comment for this story. Tribune Content Agency,, "Her coach secretly abused her for years; now she had the courage to come forward," 7 June 2019 Clark declined to comment after Thursday's hearing. Matthew Barakat,, "Mueller report witness George Nader to remain jailed in child porn case," 7 June 2019 When asked to vacate his Santa Anita stalls in mid-May, Pender declined to comment to a Daily Racing Form reporter. John Cherwa,, "Santa Anita trainer Michael Pender suspended for violation of animal welfare," 7 June 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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