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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly leaned into hot black date night attire at the Billboard Music Awards tonight in Las Vegas, with both artists in statement dark ensembles. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 16 May 2022 Garland's statement comes in response to a mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York grocery store where an 18-year-old is alleged to have shot 13 people, killing 10 of them. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 15 May 2022 Inside the store, nine people were shot before the suspect was apprehended by police, with the guard and six others dying from their wounds, according to Flynn's statement. Emma Tucker, CNN, 15 May 2022 But lately, there has been a noticeable shift toward louder, bolder, and more statement-making beauty and fashion — and that trend is trickling up toward our brows. Daisy Maldonado, Allure, 15 May 2022 In a statement on Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris also condemned the shooting. WSJ, 15 May 2022 Multiple reports from the FDA and independent labs have shown CBD products containing much more THC than would be explained by legal hemp sources, Dudley's statement says. Christina Van Waasbergen, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2022 Before the initial indictment was even announced in August 2019, Todd Chrisley posted a lengthy statement on Instagram denying any wrongdoing. Kate Brumback, ajc, 14 May 2022 Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, said in a statement that President Biden had been briefed by his homeland security adviser while spending the weekend at his family home in Delaware. New York Times, 14 May 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Statement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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