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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for statement


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 The suspect, whose name was not released, died at a hospital following the shooting, and the officer was uninjured, Michigan State Police said in a statement. NBC News, 20 June 2021 The woman, who was not identified by police, allegedly fired at a Flint Police Department officer who was working a traffic point during the city's Juneteenth Celebration Parade, the Michigan State Police said in a statement. Sahar Akbarzai And Hollie Silverman, CNN, 20 June 2021 Bullets struck six victims between ages 16 and 27, Oakland police said in a statement. Fox News, 20 June 2021 Of the seven cyclists hospitalized, six were in critical condition, and one was in stable condition on Sunday, police said in a statement. Brian Witte And Walter Berry,, 20 June 2021 The 17-year-old and 16-year-old were arrested around 5:50 p.m. near a Sunoco gas station on Massachusetts Avenue, police said in a statement., 20 June 2021 None of the other animals have tested positive, but all are considered to have been exposed, the CDC said in a statement. Washington Post, 19 June 2021 In a statement Friday, MSNBC said the matter should be settled through a secret-ballot election supervised by the government. Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody praised the decision in a statement Friday. Curt Anderson, Star Tribune, 18 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'statement.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of statement

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About statement

Time Traveler for statement

Time Traveler

The first known use of statement was in 1702

See more words from the same year

Statistics for statement

Last Updated

22 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Statement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for statement



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

More from Merriam-Webster on statement

Nglish: Translation of statement for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of statement for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!