Definition of comment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒment//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːment//
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] comment (about/on something) something that you say or write which gives an opinion on or explains somebody/something Have you any comment to make about the cause of the disaster? She made helpful comments on my work. The director was not available for comment. He handed me the document without comment. (computing) Please email us or leave a comment on our website. (especially British English) What she said was fair comment (= a reasonable criticism). Synonymsstatementcomment announcement remark declaration observationThese are all words for something that you say or write, especially something that gives information or an opinion.statement something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion, often in a formal way:A government spokesperson made a statement to the press.comment something that you say or write that gives an opinion on something or is a response to a question about a particular situation:She made helpful comments on my work.announcement a spoken or written statement that informs people about something:the announcement of a peace agreementremark something that you say or write that gives an opinion or thought about somebody/​something:He made a number of rude remarks about the food.declaration (rather formal) an official or formal statement, especially one that states an intention, belief or feeling, or that gives information:the declaration of warobservation (rather formal) a comment, especially one based on something you have seen, heard or read:He began by making a few general observations about the report.comment, remark or observation? A comment can be official or private. A remark can be made in public or private but is always unofficial and the speaker may not have considered it carefully. An observation is unofficial but is usually more considered than a remark.Patterns a(n) statement/​comment/​announcement/​remark/​declaration/​observation about something a(n) statement/​comment/​observation on something a(n) public/​official statement/​comment/​announcement/​declaration to make a(n) statement/​comment/​announcement/​remark/​declaration/​observation to issue a(n) statement/​announcement/​declaration
  2. 2[singular, uncountable] criticism that shows the faults of something The results are a clear comment on government education policy. There was a lot of comment about his behaviour.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘explanatory piece of writing’): from Latin commentum ‘contrivance’ (in late Latin also ‘interpretation’), neuter past participle of comminisci ‘devise’.Extra examples Editorial comment in the press tended to support the government in this matter. Feel free to post your comments if you have any. He made a few casual comments to her about her hair and now she’s chopped it all off! Her novels were a vehicle for shrewd social comment. Highly critical comments have been made about the conduct of some ministers. His visits were the source of much comment. I would prefer not to pass comment before I have more information on the case. If you have any comments, please send them to the above address. KPJ officials declined comment. She accepted his diagnosis without comment. She directed all her comments at Steve. She made a cryptic comment about how the film mirrored her life. The article attracted much adverse comment. The attack is a sad comment on the public’s understanding of mental illness. The minister was unavailable for comment last night. The school has invited comments from parents about the new curriculum. The spokesman was not available for comment last night. This idea deserves more than passing comment. Viewers are encouraged to phone in questions and comments. We have received many helpful comments from fellow-sufferers. We welcome comments from readers. What she said was (a) fair comment. When asked about the allegations, the chairman replied ‘no comment’. a book with critical comment on the various strands of feminism a general comment on the weatherIdioms (said in reply to a question, usually from a journalist) I have nothing to say about that ‘Will you resign, sir?’ ‘No comment!’
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