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



    BrE BrE//ˈsteɪtmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪtmənt//
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  1. 1  [countable] something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion Are the following statements true or false? Your statement is misleading. Is that a statement or a question? The play makes a strong political statement. see also fashion statement
  2. 2  [countable] statement (on/about something) a formal or official account of facts or opinions synonym declaration a formal/a public/a written/an official statement A government spokesperson made a statement to the press. The prime minister is expected to issue a statement on the policy change this afternoon. The police asked me to make a statement (= a written account of facts concerning a crime, used in court if legal action follows). see also personal statement 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
  3. 3  [countable] a printed record of money paid, received, etc. The directors are responsible for preparing the company's financial statements. My bank sends me monthly statements. see also bank statement Wordfinderaccount, balance, bank, credit, debit, deposit, interest, loan, statement, withdrawal See related entries: Banking
  4. 4[countable] (in England and Wales) an official report on a child’s special needs made by a local education authority a statement of special educational needs
  5. 5[uncountable] (formal) the act of stating or expressing something in words synonym expression When writing instructions, clarity of statement is the most important thing.
  6. Extra examples He admitted giving a false statement to the police. He filed false statements with the SEC. He was making a fashion statement by wearing a pink suit. He’s trying to withdraw the statement he made to Parliament last week. His bald statement that he’d resigned concealed his anxiety about the situation. In a statement released today, the Department of Health said… Saunder’s lawyer made a brief statement to the press outside the court. She made one of her sweeping statements about foreigners. She put out a statement on behalf of the Government. She read a statement to reporters yesterday. The clothes you wear are a statement about yourself. The company needed a mission statement describing its core values. The issuing banks published financial statements. The police will take a statement from each of you. The two heads of state issued a joint statement. They decided to make a political statement by refusing to vote. a recent statement to the press a statement condemning the death penalty a statement on human rights A government spokesperson made a brief statement to the press. I get monthly statements from my bank. In a statement released today, the minister claimed he was not responsible for the error. The finance minister will submit his budget statement next week. The police asked me to make a statement. Their job is to prepare the company’s annual financial statement. Your next statement will show our new interest rate. a bank/​credit card statementIdioms to express or reveal an opinion or characteristic in a very clear way, although often without words The cleaning staff extended their strike mainly to make a statement about how determined they were. The way you dress makes a statement about you.