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

Stanford's Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, host of the conference, defended Schmidt's role in the event in a statement. Wired, "Planned Eric Schmidt Talk at AI Conference Draws Protest," 3 Sep. 2019 The company will build the 175,000-square foot facility on 20 acres along the west side of West Hopkins Street, the statement said. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New production facility to bring 250 jobs to Century City Business Park on Milwaukee's north side," 3 Sep. 2019 The Interior statement said riders must use the motor only to boost their pedaling on the trails, and not zip along on motor power alone. NBC News, "Electric bikes may soon be humming along national park trails," 2 Sep. 2019 Despite the uptick, the region is still more affordable than other major metro areas in Texas, board Chairman Grant Lopez said in a statement. Madison Iszler,, "Report: San Antonio ranks third for home-price growth," 2 Sep. 2019 The van rolled over at least one time before landing upright in a ditch to the south, facing northeast, the statement said. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "1-year-old boy injured in rollover crash; Indiana State Police arrest driver on suspicion of drunken driving," 1 Sep. 2019 The denial, the statement said, was based on the event being public. Matt Mencarini, The Courier-Journal, "Small group of KKK members met by large group of protesters at Indiana 'kookout'," 31 Aug. 2019 Few celebrities make a red carpet statement as truly epic as Kristen Stewart. Teen Vogue, "Kristen Stewart Wore Chanel at the Venice Film Festival Premiere of "Seberg"," 31 Aug. 2019 The work will help build up the inventory of waste available to send to the $17 billion vitrification plant under construction, DOE said in a statement. Annette Cary, The Seattle Times, "After years of preparation, work to empty Hanford leak-prone waste tanks is ready to restart," 30 Aug. 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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to make a temporary encampment

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