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 In his opening statement, Redfield said hospitalizations are rising in 12 states and daily deaths are up in Arizona. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Fauci warns U.S. could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day," 30 June 2020 His statement, however, marked the first time someone from the Belgian royal family acknowledged the brutal toll the country had on Congo, according to the New York Times. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Belgian king offers 'deepest regrets' over Congo colonialism in royal first," 30 June 2020 In the interview with The Washington Post, Yumga did not back off from her statement about black people and violence. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "D.C. police disavow comments by station visitor at event live-streamed by Breitbart News," 29 June 2020 McEnany cited all three of those senior officials in her statement saying the president had not been briefed. Adam Goldman,, "Trump denies briefing on reported bounties against US troops," 28 June 2020 Beshear reminded Kentuckians in his statement that Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack warned residents Friday that air quality in the state may be poor this weekend and into next week. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky reports 316 new COVID-19 cases and 1 additional coronavirus-related death," 27 June 2020 According to their statement, anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014 or by computer at Erin Corbett,, "18-Year-Old Althea Bernstein Was Allegedly Set On Fire By Four White Men In Wisconsin," 25 June 2020 Biden noted in his statement that more than 1,300 Arizonans have died, and more than 50,000 have tested positive for the coronavirus. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "'Reckless and irresponsible': Joe Biden blasts Donald Trump's Arizona visit amid pandemic," 23 June 2020 When asked for comment about Marko's claims, the company referred CNN to its original statement, which did not address those accusations. Taylor Romine, CNN, "16-year-old boy goes into cardiac arrest and dies after staff at residential facility restrain him, lawsuit says," 23 June 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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3 Jul 2020

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“Statement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 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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