state·​ment | \ˈstāt-mənt \

Definition of statement 

1 : something stated: such as

a : a single declaration or remark : assertion

b : a report of facts or opinions

2 : the act or process of stating or presenting orally or on paper

4 : the presentation of a theme in a musical composition

5 : a summary of activity in a financial account over a particular period of time

6 : an opinion, comment, or message conveyed indirectly usually by nonverbal means monuments are statements in form and space— O. B. Hardison, Jr.

7 : an instruction in a computer program

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Synonyms for statement


account, bill, check, invoice, tab

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Examples of statement in a Sentence

His office issued an official statement concerning his departure. This is his first public statement about the investigation. I disagree with your earlier statement about my record on this issue. The advertisement included misleading statements about the product. The police took the witness's statement. We have a signed statement from a witness. The boycott was intended as a political statement. We'll need to review your recent financial statements.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Google has welcomed Microsoft’s move in a statement to The Verge. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Google welcomes Microsoft’s move to Chromium," 6 Dec. 2018 However, the science isn't substantial enough to make a definitive statement. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, According to a Nutritionist," 21 Nov. 2018 We're used to Kendall Jenner making a statement with her sense of style. Zoë Weiner, Allure, "Kendall Jenner Wore Green Negative-Space Eye Makeup to the People’s Choice Awards," 13 Nov. 2018 The sleek hood makes quite the statement against the white subway tile backsplash that Buzzetta took all the way up the wall to emphasize the tall ceilings. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Exclusive: How Antonino Buzzetta Transformed His Own Kitchen," 9 Nov. 2018 Both Ariana and Pete have yet to make public statements about their breakup, although, Pete recently deleted his Instagram page. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Have Reportedly Broken Up and Called Off Their Engagement," 14 Oct. 2018 Amazon vehemently denied the report’s security claims in a statement to Vox. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Kids’ toys are the latest battleground in the online privacy wars," 21 Nov. 2018 Think loose shapes, a color scheme in mostly black with the odd, attention-grabbing print or statement scarf, some big jewellery, and comfortable, walking-friendly shoes. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 8 Best Lessons I Learned Living the Lagom Life," 31 Oct. 2018 Phillips said, telling jurors the state would use cellphone and social-media records as well as statements from witnesses, high-school students, teachers, parents and detectives to prove their guilt. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "2 teens go on trial — as adults — in 2016 killing of Federal Way youth who was selling pot to help his mom," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of statement

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of statement was in 1702

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English Language Learners Definition of statement

: something that you say or write in a formal or official way : something that is stated

: an opinion, attitude, etc., that you express through the things you do, the way you dress, etc.

: a document which shows amounts of money that you have received, spent, etc. : a brief record of a financial account


state·​ment | \ˈstāt-mənt \

Kids Definition of statement

1 : something written or said in a formal way : something stated The company issued a statement about the new game.

2 : a brief record of a business account a monthly bank statement



Legal Definition of statement 

1a : an official or formal report or declaration a statement of policy

b : an oral or written assertion (as by a witness) or conduct intended as an assertion — see also hearsay, prior consistent statement, prior inconsistent statement

2 : a financial record or accounting

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