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 supermarket chain is partnering with Drone Express, a unit of Telegrid Technologies, to deliver groceries from a store in Centerville, Ohio, later this spring, the companies said in a statement Monday., "Greater Boston chamber hires Crockett as program consultant," 3 May 2021 In a statement Saturday, Health Minister Greg Hunt said anyone who ignored the new restrictions would face five years' imprisonment, a fine of $66,600 or both. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Australian government accused of racism over threats to imprison travelers from India for five years," 3 May 2021 Atlanta firefighters responded to multiple calls of trees down, Atlanta Fire Rescue said in a statement late Monday morning. Rogelio V. Solis,, "Severe weather threatens the South as tornadoes tear across 4 states: ‘My first new house in 40 years and it’s gone’," 3 May 2021 American Chemistry Council president Chris Jahn said in a statement. Matthew Daly, ajc, "EPA rule to phase out gases used in refrigerators, coolants," 3 May 2021 She was identified Sunday via dental records, Puerto Rico's Institute of Forensic Science said in a statement. DÁnica Coto, Star Tribune, "Puerto Rican boxer faces charges after lover found dead," 3 May 2021 She was identified Sunday via dental records, Puerto Rico's Institute of Forensic Science said in a statement. CBS News, "Pro boxer Félix Verdejo turns himself in after pregnant girlfriend found dead in lagoon," 3 May 2021 The child was ejected from a car on the Route 90 bridge in Ocean City and landed in the Assawoman Bay, the Ocean City Fire Department said in a statement., "Bystander rescues child from Assawoman Bay after car crash in Ocean City," 2 May 2021 Sharp Memorial Hospital and Sharp Grossmont Hospital reported receiving eight patients from the incident, with injuries mostly coming from passengers hitting rocks in the ocean, a spokesperson said in a statement. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, "Boat accident off San Diego coast leaves 4 dead, nearly 2 dozen hospitalized," 2 May 2021

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First Known Use of statement

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 May 2021

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“Statement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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