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 His lawyer, Patrick Renn, had no immediate comment. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 1 June 2021 The governor’s office didn’t immediately have a comment., 1 June 2021 Lori's attorney had no comment and Chad's attorney did not respond. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, 29 May 2021 Due to the pending litigation, the City of Tulsa and its mayor did not have any additional comment. Paulina Cachero, Time, 29 May 2021 The Legal Aid Society is representing Shaukat and had no comment to CNN Wednesday, other than to confirm their client was arraigned. Anna Sturla And Rob Frehse, CNN, 28 May 2021 Tonia Lediju, the Authority’s chief executive officer, said the agency did not have a comment on the legal matter. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 May 2021 Ryanair and the Lithuanian ministry of foreign affairs had no immediate comment. NBC News, 23 May 2021 Wallen’s representative had no comment on the CMA’s decision. Paul Grein, Billboard, 21 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The company declined to comment beyond its statement. —Brent Kendall and Drew FitzGerald contributed to this article. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 2 June 2021 Aron declined to comment beyond his Tuesday statement. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 The Washington Football Team declined to comment Tuesday. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 The Durham County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment Friday, citing the ongoing litigation. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 June 2021 Coit and a spokeswoman for Raimondo declined to comment this week., 28 May 2021 Answers were not immediately forthcoming, and Stuart Duguid, her agent, declined to comment when asked for clarification. New York Times, 28 May 2021 The group at the time declined to comment in response to a request from CNN. Brian Fung, CNN, 26 May 2021 Milken declined to comment through Moore, citing a practice to not discuss private investments. Antoine Gara, Forbes, 26 May 2021

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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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4 Jun 2021

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“Comment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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