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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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

Halprin’s attorney, Tivon Schardl, said in a statement., "Archaeologists say they located city where David found refuge," 9 July 2019 The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said in a statement Sunday, though, that those along the Kentucky River would likely continue to see and smell dead fish as the plume of alcohol makes its way north through the region. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019 Flyadeal will operate an entirely Airbus SE fleet, the company said Sunday in a statement, buying as many as 50 planes in the A320neo family. Washington Post, "Microsoft, hospital chain reach cloud deal," 9 July 2019 Shea Ferring, Firefly’s vice president of mission assurance, said in a statement. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Israel’s failed lunar lander will live on in the design of Firefly Aerospace’s new Moon spacecraft," 9 July 2019 Junk was also charged with second-degree assault, but there was no statement of probable cause available in district court as of Tuesday morning. Mary Grace Keller,, "Westminster woman, man charged with assault after fighting inside moving car, police say," 9 July 2019 Her black Ford Ranger had been found on June 30 in the area of Martin’s Ferry Bridge near Weitchpec, in northern California, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office says in a statement. Kc Baker,, "Truck Belonging to Missing Calif. Mom, 38, Found 400 Miles from Home: 'It's Not Like Her At All'," 8 July 2019 The 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment and making a false statement. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Fireworks to blame for deadly Highline house fire, Renton fire that critically injured a woman," 8 July 2019 Her 22 weeks of contradictory statements, and her Trumpian meretriciousness about her contradictions, reveal a frivolity about upending health care’s complex 18 percent of America’s economy. George Will, National Review, "How Can Presidential Candidates Be So Silly?," 7 July 2019

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First Known Use of statement

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jul 2019

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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 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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something desired as essential

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