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 injured officer did not fire his weapon and is recovering quickly, Doll said in a statement Wednesday. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Person fatally shot after firing on Anchorage police was 16-year-old boy," 20 Feb. 2020 Sanders campaign spokesman Jeff Weaver said in a statement. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Sanders campaign wages recount fight in Iowa," 19 Feb. 2020 All slot machines, table games and restaurants will be open and ready to go, Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise spokeswoman Treena Parvello said in a statement. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "New Desert Diamond Casino West Valley opens Wednesday night. Here's what to expect," 18 Feb. 2020 Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, says in a statement. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Where Will NASA Explore Next? Here Are the Four Shortlisted Missions," 18 Feb. 2020 Fortunately, according to a statement from his team, Roush Fenway Racing, Newman’s injuries are not life-threatening. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "5 steps NASCAR has taken to make the sport safer," 18 Feb. 2020 This bold statement about sustainability comes after a huge year for the young actress. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Last Man Standing's Kaitlyn Dever Wore a Red Strapless Dress and We're Speechless," 16 Feb. 2020 There is a wide gap between the coach's version and Carlson's statement. Jeff Seidel,, "Athletes are killing themselves and schools in Michigan fear their players could be next," 16 Feb. 2020 One AfDB insider speaking on background said the bank had been caught unawares of Malpass’ statement. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s rising “unsustainable” debt is driving a wedge between the World Bank and other lenders," 16 Feb. 2020

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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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“Statement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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