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

But in her new statement on Friday, Johansson appeared to express regret for the tone of those comments. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Scarlett Johansson says she will not play trans man after controversy," 13 July 2018 Her statement did not address how directing calls to Donnelly’s phone number in the text message got around a ban on inaccurate or misleading caller identification information. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "How unsolicited text messages were sent to Hoosiers to put pressure on Sen. Joe Donnelly," 13 July 2018 Even as Rosenstein made his statement, House Republicans were ramping up efforts to impeach him. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Congressional Republicans are pushing for the impeachment of Rod Rosenstein.," 13 July 2018 The statement unequivocally rebuked Russia for a long list of old and new misdeeds. The Economist, "The American president lambasts his allies," 12 July 2018 Read Cindy's full statement, issued Thursday, to The Arizona Republic: Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the surgery that discovered my husband had a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "A year after John McCain's cancer diagnosis, Cindy McCain expresses gratitude to caregivers," 13 July 2018 To assess the pollution costs, the AP reviewed thousands of pages of court documents, tax statements, business filings and federal financial disclosures, as well as federal and state environmental records for Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. Brian Slodysko, Houston Chronicle, "Pence family gas stations left costly environmental legacy," 13 July 2018 Gates pleaded guilty on Feb. 23 to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Who's been charged by Mueller in the Russia probe so far?," 13 July 2018 Read Johansson's full statement below, via CBS News, "Scarlett Johansson drops out of "Rub & Tug" amid backlash," 13 July 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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