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

Kelly's attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment on the federal charges. CBS News, "R. Kelly indictment unsealed: Singer accused of kidnapping, forced labor and sexually abusing girls," 12 July 2019 Kelly's attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment on the federal charges. Author: Sara Burnett, Caryn Rousseau, Anchorage Daily News, "Feds bring new sex crime charges against singer R. Kelly," 12 July 2019 Despite evidence that Jews and Palestinians are genetically closely related, Press and others were also torn about even addressing such inaccuracies in Netanyahu’s comments. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian, "When Ancient DNA Gets Politicized," 12 July 2019 Long could not be reached for comment on the players, but their status was confirmed through a school spokesman. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs officially add two San Diegans among several football transfers," 11 July 2019 Baumgart spoke during a legislative committee meeting to determine what, if any, interim steps lawmakers should take to address fear or intimidation that some Capitol workers reported in the wake of Boquist’s comments. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Polk County sheriff investigating threats against Oregon Republican Senator Brian Boquist," 10 July 2019 But investors in renewable energy companies have been scared off by Lopez Obrador’s comments. Emily Green,, "Alternative energy efforts in Mexico slow as Lopez Obrador prioritizes oil," 10 July 2019 At the time, Vista remained silent on the topic of gun control and did not respond to Outside's request for comment. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "REI Brings Vista Outdoor Brands Back to Stores," 9 July 2019 Apple did not respond to numerous requests for comment on this article. Rani Molla, Vox, "Why you have to keep logging in to read news on your phone," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The couple could not be reached for comment Friday, and the lead attorney in the case, Bruce Taubman, declined to comment. John Caniglia,, "Couple settles University Hospitals’ lawsuit over whether embryos were living persons," 13 July 2019 Governor, during public testimony, one of the things that people commented on heavily, the past couple years, was public broadcasting. Anchorage Daily News, "Full text and video of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s June 28 news conference announcing more than $400 million in budget vetoes," 13 July 2019 Kathleen Hofeller, who declined to comment for this story through her lawyer, has written two books about domestic violence. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "A Father, a Daughter, and the Attempt to Change the Census," 13 July 2019 YouTube removed thousands of videos and blocked commenting capabilities on many more. Guillaume Chaslot, WIRED, "The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop," 13 July 2019 Facebook declined to comment on the Journal's report of the FTC fine; the FTC did not immediately respond to messages for comment from the Associated Press. CBS News, "FTC to fine Facebook about $5 billion for user-privacy bungles, report says," 12 July 2019 An Air Force spokesperson declined to comment when reached by Fox News on Friday. Fox News, "Over 400K Facebook users pledge Area 51 raid: 'lets seem them aliens'," 12 July 2019 Several businesses that have placed bandit signs were contacted, but all declined to comment for this story. Drew Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Bandit sign enforcement efforts continue in northwest Harris County," 12 July 2019 Gorelik declined to comment during the protest citing safety concerns. Sarah Ravani,, "Developer fails to lure homeless residents away from Oakland encampment with cash," 12 July 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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to complain fretfully

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