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

    

comment

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈkɒment//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːment//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they comment
BrE BrE//ˈkɒment//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːment//
 
he / she / it comments
BrE BrE//ˈkɒments//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːments//
 
past simple commented
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmentɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmentɪd//
 
past participle commented
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmentɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmentɪd//
 
-ing form commenting
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmentɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmentɪŋ//
 
 
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 [intransitive, transitive] comment (on/upon something) 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 well 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. Synonymscommentnote remark observeThese words all mean to say or write a fact or opinion.comment to express an opinion or give facts about something:He refused to comment until after the trial.note (rather 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:Critics remarked that the play was not original.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. Word Origin late 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 He commented favourably on the proposals. He refused to comment on the proposals. People were commenting about her abilities. She commented to me that she liked it.
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