state·​ment | \ ˈstāt-mənt How to pronounce statement (audio) \

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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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 The South Korean ministry said in a statement the ship had left Iran after completing administrative procedures. Cnn's Jake Kwon And Reuters, CNN, "Iran releases seized South Korean tanker Hankuk Chemi," 9 Apr. 2021 Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner will lead the Florida Republican's legal team, a Gaetz spokesperson said in a statement Friday., "Gaetz faces probe by House ethics over potential misconduct," 9 Apr. 2021 His family confirmed his death in a statement on Friday. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "'Nothing less than a giant': Celebrities, music world react to the death of DMX," 9 Apr. 2021 In a statement, the market infrastructure provider said that a record 14,419 Murban crude oil futures contracts traded on ICE Futures Abu Dhabi (IFAD) on April 7, marking its highest daily volume since the contracts launched on March 29. Gaurav Sharma, Forbes, "Murban Oil Futures Post Daily Trading Record Of 14.5M Barrels Following Launch," 9 Apr. 2021 Earl Simmons, the rapper known as DMX, died after suffering a heart attack last week, his family said in a statement Friday. Washington Post, "‘One of the most influential rappers of all-time’: Fans, hip-hop community remember the ‘legendary’ DMX," 9 Apr. 2021 The recipient, identified only as a woman from Japan’s western region of Kansai, is recovering after the nearly 11-hour operation on Wednesday, Kyoto University Hospital said in a statement. Time, "COVID-19 Patient Receives Lung Transplant From Living Donors," 9 Apr. 2021 Jack Hanna — the former zookeeper, wildlife TV host and frequent late-night TV guest — has been diagnosed with dementia and will be stepping away from public life, his family said in a statement. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, "Celebrity Animal Expert Jack Hanna to Leave Public Life Following Dementia Diagnosis," 8 Apr. 2021 In a statement Wednesday, Woods thanked the deputies and firefighters who responded to the February crash. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, "Tiger Woods was driving nearly twice the speed limit before Los Angeles car crash," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Statement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce statement (audio) \

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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