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



    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrk//
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  1. 1  [countable] something that you say or write which expresses an opinion, a thought, etc. about somebody/something synonym comment to make a remark He made a number of rude remarks about the food. What exactly did you mean by that last remark? a casual remark that led to a major discovery 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[uncountable] (old-fashioned or formal) the quality of being important or interesting enough to be noticed synonym note The exhibition contains nothing that is worthy of remark.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in sense (2)): from French remarquer ‘note again’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + marquer ‘to mark, note’.Extra examples He began his remarks with a prayer. He had a set of prepared remarks. He made a few factual errors in his remarks on Rembrandt. He made some snide remarks about his opponent’s skill. He was expelled from the party for failing to withdraw his controversial remarks. He’s always making witty remarks. Her remarks suggest that the negotiations may be successful. How dare you make personal remarks! I agreed with most of what he said at the beginning of the speech but not with his closing remarks. I gave my remarks at the benefit. I just ignored her last remark. I must preface my remarks with a confession. I shall keep my remarks on the subject brief. Please don’t interpret my remarks as support for the current system. Racist or sexist remarks are never acceptable in the workplace. She made a disparaging remark about men. She was just about to add some sarcastic remark when her phone rang. The General’s remarks do not reflect the view of the government. The Pope delivered his remarks before boarding his plane. The President concluded his remarks by thanking everyone who had helped. The White House said it took such remarks very seriously. The remark provoked an angry response from the crowd. The remark was directed at him. There is no room for jokes and smart remarks. These remarks apply equally to doctors. Who were those rude remarks addressed to? a casual remark to his father a conflict that comes about through someone’s offhand remark or careless mistake remarks by officials the sad consequences of one careless remark It was a casual remark that led to a major discovery.
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