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Definition of comment verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive, transitive] comment (on/upon something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they comment
he / she / it comments
past simple commented
-ing form commenting
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 to express an opinion about something I don't feel I can comment on their decision. He refused to comment until after the trial. We were just commenting on how good you look. comment that… A spokesperson commented that levels of carbon dioxide were very high. + speech “Not his best performance,” she commented to the woman sitting next to her. Thesauruscommentnote remark observeThese words all mean to say or write a fact or an opinion.comment to express an opinion or give facts about something:He refused to comment until after the trial.note (somewhat formal) to mention something because it is important or interesting:He noted in passing that the company's record on safety issues was not good.remark to say or write what you have noticed about a situation:He remarked that she had been looking tired lately.observe (formal) to say or write what you have noticed about a situation:She observed that it was getting late.comment, remark, or observe?If you comment on something, you say something about it; if you remark on something, or observe something, you say something about it that you have noticed: there is often not much difference between the three. However, while you can refuse to comment (without on), you cannot “refuse to remark” or “refuse to observe” (without on):He refused to remark/observe until after the trial.Patterns to comment/note/remark/observe that… to comment on/note/remark/observe how… to comment/remark on something to comment/remark/observe to somebody “It's long,” he commented/noted/remarked/observed.
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