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 Weibo, Baidu, Sogou, Tencent and Zhihu didn’t respond to requests for comment. Liza Lin, WSJ, "China Censors ‘Nomadland’ Director Chloé Zhao’s Oscar Win," 26 Apr. 2021 Holiday Tree Farms did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Federal investigators say Oregon company violated multiple laws related to 2019 crash that killed three Christmas tree workers," 26 Apr. 2021 Their missions in Vienna did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Iran's top diplomat speaks bluntly on nuclear deal, Gen. Qassam Soleimani in leaked recording," 26 Apr. 2021 Whitmer's office did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. Yael Halon, Fox News, "Michigan Democrat seen resisting DUI arrest, threatens to call Gov. Whitmer in bodycam footage," 26 Apr. 2021 Ant Group and Tencent did not immediately respond to requests from CNN Business for comment. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "This year's Oscars could have been a moment of pride for China. Then politics got in the way," 26 Apr. 2021 Alaska Airlines and the senator did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's requests for comment. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Alaska Airlines bans state senator over refusal to comply with mask policy," 26 Apr. 2021 Newman didn't respond to NBC News' request for comment. NBC News, "Zoom fails: Virtual classrooms expose teachers' racist, offensive rants," 26 Apr. 2021 Goldstein did not respond to a request for comment. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "EMU graduate facing 13 sex assault charges gets plea offer," 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ryan Davis, a Tallahassee attorney representing Wester, declined to comment. Jeff Burlew, USA TODAY, "Former Florida deputy indicted for planting drugs during traffic stops gets 24 new charges," 27 Apr. 2021 Richardson said the Facebook post was brought to his attention by fellow Councilman C.J. Small, who declined to comment. al, "‘Campaign smut’: Alabama mayoral candidate raises concerns over fake Facebook post," 27 Apr. 2021 Earl Westforth, president of the store, declined to comment. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "Chicago Sues Indiana Gun Shop Over Illegal Guns," 26 Apr. 2021 The Russian mission in Vienna declined to comment, while China's did not respond to a request Monday., "Leaked recording of Iran’s top diplomat offers blunt talk," 26 Apr. 2021 The State Bureau of Investigation, which is looking into the shooting, declined to comment. CBS News, "7 deputies on leave after fatal shooting of Andrew Brown Jr.; Calls grow to release bodycam footage," 25 Apr. 2021 Reached by telephone, Mr. Wallace declined to comment. New York Times, "In N.Y.C. Jail System, Guards Often Lie About Excessive Force," 24 Apr. 2021 Lee Chesnut, of Chesnut Properties, also declined to comment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Group sues El Cajon, county to halt Amazon distribution center," 24 Apr. 2021 Long’s assigned attorney, J. Daran Burns, also declined to comment. Washington Post, "How the trial against the Atlanta spa shooter may unfold," 23 Apr. 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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29 Apr 2021

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“Comment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 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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