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 To comment on this story, please visit Monday’s crime and courts comments page. Cliff Pinckard,, "Amish males seen drinking abandon horse-and-buggy after being pulled over by Ohio deputies," 17 Sep. 2019 Under the previous leadership, the Women’s March was regularly under fire over its ties to anti-Semitic groups and comments deemed anti-Semitic. Fox News, "Linda Sarsour, other leaders accused of anti-Semitism parting with Women's March," 17 Sep. 2019 Racial Discrimination/Racially Charged inappropriate comments from the hair department and bullying from Executive Producers. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Investigation into The Rookie actress Afton Williamson’s discrimination, bullying claims finds no wrongdoing," 17 Sep. 2019 People began digging into Stallman's past writings and found other controversial comments. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Richard Stallman leaves MIT after controversial remarks on rape," 17 Sep. 2019 Predictably, Klopp was asked about his agent's comments in the pre-match press conference prior to Liverpool's Champions League game against Napoli., "Jurgen Klopp's Agent Says German Could Leave Liverpool Because of the Weather - And Klopp's Response," 16 Sep. 2019 The Board of Commissioners recently agreed to schedule a public hearing to receive comments on the rezoning documents. Mary Grace Keller,, "Carroll County comprehensive rezoning nears finish line; citizens invited to public hearing Oct. 3," 16 Sep. 2019 The lawsuit was filed by Douglas Carlson, a postal customer and watchdog who made one of 34 comments to the commission when the rate hike was proposed., "The Postal Service has been charging 55 cents for first-class mail since January. But an appeals court just rejected that price hike.," 16 Sep. 2019 This Blog is here for a purpose—to fight pedophilia and znus [lechery], not for snide remarks, filthy comments or threats. Linda Stasi, Harper's magazine, "Secrets and Lies," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Post did not publish a story in part because the intermediaries declined to identify the alleged witness and because the woman who was said to be involved declined to comment. Seung Min Kim, Anchorage Daily News, "Senator told FBI last fall of new information about Kavanaugh," 16 Sep. 2019 Disney declined to comment, calling it a law-enforcement issue. Gabrielle Russon,, "At Disney World, felony theft charges filed in a strange case involving park collectibles," 16 Sep. 2019 Indian officials have called them baseless, and a spokeswoman for India’s home ministry declined to comment for this article. Suhasini Raj, New York Times, "Abused by Soldiers and Militants, Kashmiris Face Dangers in Daily Life," 15 Sep. 2019 Christopher Schumb, a San Jose attorney who acted as co-treasurer for the committee that received the check, the Santa Clara County Public Safety Alliance, declined to comment. Josh Koehn,, "Hidden guns, bodyguards and a DA raid on the Santa Clara County sheriff," 14 Sep. 2019 Through a spokesperson, Dr. Christopher Edwards declined to comment for this story. Zoe Greenberg,, "‘We don’t know the answer’: A community is stunned after BU student is killed," 31 Aug. 2019 Biden's campaign declined to comment for this story. Allan Smith, NBC News, "Giuliani says State Dept. aided his effort to press Ukraine on Trump opponents," 22 Aug. 2019 An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment for this story., "Amazon Studios, once the anti-Netflix, appears to be turning into it," 16 Sep. 2019 The Yale classmate, who is now a prominent lawyer, has declined to comment publicly, according to The Times. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "New York Times' botched Kavanaugh story the latest in series of blunders from Opinion section," 16 Sep. 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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