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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
com•ment /ˈkɑmɛnt/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- [countable] a remark, observation, or criticism: a comment about the weather.
- [uncountable] gossip;
talk: His absence gave rise to comment.
- [countable] a criticism or interpretation about a state of affairs: The play is a comment on modern society.
- to make remarks, observations, or criticisms: [~ (+ on + object)]The president refused to comment (on that issue).[used with quotations]"I never dress like that,'' she commented.
com•ment•er, n. [countable]
- no comment, [uncountable] (used when the speaker wishes to say nothing in response to a question).
(kom′ent),USA pronunciation n.
- a remark, observation, or criticism:a comment about the weather.
talk:His frequent absences gave rise to comment.
- a criticism or interpretation, often by implication or suggestion:The play is a comment on modern society.
- a note in explanation, expansion, or criticism of a passage in a book, article, or the like;
- explanatory or critical matter added to a text.
- LinguisticsAlso called rheme. the part of a sentence that communicates new information about the topic. Cf. topic (def. 4).
- to make remarks, observations, or criticisms:He refused to comment on the decision of the court.
- to write explanatory or critical notes upon a text.
- to make comments or remarks on;
furnish with comments;
- Latin commentum device, fabrication (Late Latin: interpretation, commentary), noun, nominal use of neuter of commentus (past participle of comminīscī to devise), equivalent. to com- com- + men- (base of mēns, mentis mind) + -tus past participle ending
- Middle English coment 1350–1400
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See remark.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged addendum, commentary.
- 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged annotate, elucidate.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
comment /ˈkɒmɛnt/ n
- a remark, criticism, or observation
- talk or gossip
- a note explaining or criticizing a passage in a text
- explanatory or critical matter added to a text
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin commentum invention, from comminiscī to contrive, related to mens mindˈcommenter n
- when intr, often followed by on; when tr, takes a clause as object: to remark or express an opinion
- (intransitive) to write notes explaining or criticizing a text