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 criminal defense attorney, Jason Short, didn’t return a request for comment Friday. oregonlive, "Driver’s ed students say they were molested by instructor, Portland Community College sued for $6M," 16 Nov. 2019 Redstone made the comments at the Paley Center for Media’s International Council Summit in New York Friday. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Shari Redstone on ViacomCBS Critics: "The Skepticism Is Very Motivating"," 15 Nov. 2019 Representatives for Netflix, the AMAs, and Braun have yet to respond to EW’s request for comment. Joey Nolfi,, "Big Machine denies blocking Taylor Swift's music use, 'shocked' by singer's claims," 15 Nov. 2019 Neither McBroom nor his attorney, who represented him in his appeal of his demotion from sergeant, could be reached for comment Friday. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "Philando Castile’s girlfriend serves lawsuit on deputy who tweeted legal settlement would be used for crack cocaine," 15 Nov. 2019 Giuliani, his lawyers and the White House didn’t respond to requests for comment. Chris Strohm, Fortune, "Feds Investigating Giuliani for Financial Dealings Tied to Ukraine Scandal," 15 Nov. 2019 The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment. Katie Rice,, "Two Tuskawilla Middle School students arrested for threats," 14 Nov. 2019 West Palm Beach did not respond to requests for comment. Justin Elliott,, "Huizenga Jr. received Trump tax break, meant for poor, for his West Palm Beach superyacht marina," 14 Nov. 2019 Teen Vogue has reached out to BLACKPINK and YG for comment. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "BLACKPINK Fans Want the Group to Leave YG Entertainment After Comeback Delay," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wells Fargo says that Jernigan no longer works at the bank but couldn't comment further due to the open investigation. Fox News, "Bank teller claims he was blackmailed into stealing more than $12G from customers," 16 Nov. 2019 The White House declined a request to comment on the Senate bill, citing a policy of not discussing pending legislation. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "The Senate has put a bill in support of Hong Kong protesters on fast-track. The White House may not back it.," 16 Nov. 2019 While The Affair actor, 41, and girlfriend Turner-Smith, 33, have never publicly commented on their relationship, the two hit the red carpet for the first time as a couple attending the premiere of her new film Queen & Slim in Los Angeles. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Are Joshua Jackson and Jodie Turner-Smith Married? See Their Rings as They Go Red Carpet Official," 15 Nov. 2019 Over 600 people have signed an online petition, some of them commenting that the development should be smaller and include fewer units or single homes, according village documents. Anna Kim,, "Traffic impact from proposed downtown Glenview development would be minimal, developer says. Residents still have safety concerns.," 14 Nov. 2019 But even so, Trump was busy all day retweeting allies commenting on the proceedings and defending him., "WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives opened historic impeachment hearings on Wednesday and took startling new testimony from a senior US diplomat that further implicated President Trump in a campaign to pressure Ukraine to publicly commit to investigating former vice president Joe Biden.," 14 Nov. 2019 The friend who commented on her post knew my ex only in her present-day life, a woman married to a man living in the suburbs. Allison Hope,, "I’m a Lesbian, and When My Ex-Girlfriend Married a Man, It Made Me Feel Erased," 14 Nov. 2019 Zane rarely comments about his clipping from the Voice of the West. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Paulson: Short trip to wharf covers long distance," 13 Nov. 2019 Longtime West Hartford resident Sherri Englehart-Shea, who commented on the Facebook post and also spoke with the Courant, called for the town to revise its charter. Emily Brindley,, "West Hartford’s Beth Kerrigan was second-highest vote-getter in last week’s election, but might not be named deputy mayor," 13 Nov. 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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19 Nov 2019

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“Comment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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How to pronounce comment (audio)

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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