noun state·ment \ ˈstāt-mənt \
|Updated on: 26 Jul 2018

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
3 : proposition 2a
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

Examples of statement in a Sentence

  1. His office issued an official statement concerning his departure.

  2. This is his first public statement about the investigation.

  3. I disagree with your earlier statement about my record on this issue.

  4. The advertisement included misleading statements about the product.

  5. The police took the witness's statement.

  6. We have a signed statement from a witness.

  7. The boycott was intended as a political statement.

  8. We'll need to review your recent financial statements.

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First Known Use of statement


in the meaning defined at sense 1

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STATEMENT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of statement for English Language Learners

  • : 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

STATEMENT Defined for Kids


noun state·ment \ ˈstāt-mənt \

Definition of statement for Students

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

Law Dictionary


noun state·ment

legal Definition of statement

1 a : 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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