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

Mourning a pilot, a volunteer firefighter McCormack flew for American Continental Properties, the company that owns the helicopter, for the past five years, according to a company statement. Darran Simon, CNN, "A helicopter crash-landed on the roof of a New York City skyscraper. Then the building shook," 11 June 2019 The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center sent a Pave Hawk helicopter and an HC-130J on the rescue mission, according to a statement from the Alaska National Guard. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Victim of bear attack rescued near Galena," 11 June 2019 Notably, the mobile wallets—Bluecode, ePassi, Momo Pocket, Pagaqui, Pivo, and Vipps—are working with Chinese fintech giant Alipay to develop a unified QR code, according to a statement released today. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "A Chinese-style payment network to challenge Visa and Mastercard is taking shape in Europe," 10 June 2019 The letter refers to a statement sent last year to a top Department of Homeland Security official from leaders of three major organizations representing pediatricians, obstetricians and family physicians. Sheri Fink, New York Times, "Migrants in Custody at Hospitals Are Treated Like Felons, Doctors Say," 10 June 2019 According to a statement released by the Dominican National Police on Monday morning, Ortiz was at a bar in Santo Domingo, the capital of the country, when he was shot in the back by an attacker on a motorcycle. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Dominican Republic faces tourist backlash after David Ortiz shooting, multiple deaths," 10 June 2019 The University of Texas, El Paso suspended him from its team in response to the arrest, according to a statement from its football coach. Ian Duncan,, "Former Gilman QB Kai Locksley, son of Maryland football coach, arrested on drunken driving charge in Texas," 9 June 2019 Finance ministers and central bankers fretted about the trade and geopolitical tensions and agreed to stand ready with action in case those risks intensify, according to a statement released Sunday after a weekend meeting in Japan. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "G-20 Financial Leaders Criticize Trade Tensions for Impact on Growth," 9 June 2019 Chairman Leonard Riggio, the company’s largest shareholder, has entered into a voting agreement in support of the transaction, according to the statement. Anne Riley Moffat, Fortune, "Beleaguered Bookstore Barnes & Noble Gets a Buyer," 7 June 2019

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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 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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