- a remark, observation, or criticism: a comment about the weather.
- gossip; 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 user response to published content on the Internet, written in a designated “Comments” section, often below the published content: There were many online comments criticizing the author.
- a note in explanation, expansion, or criticism of a passage in a book, article, or the like; annotation.
- explanatory or critical matter added to a text.
- Also called rheme. Linguistics. the part of a sentence that communicates new information about the topic.Compare 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; annotate.
Origin of comment
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Examples from the Web for commenting
Collins has a policy of generally not commenting on Hunger Games-related matters, anyway.‘The Hunger Games’ Stars Silent on Thai Protesters
November 21, 2014
Posada used the skeleton as a way of talking about politics, commenting on life.New Orleans’ Carnivalesque Day of the Dead
November 1, 2014
Commenting on the Ray Rice incident, Lozada tweeted that, “I just want women to love themselves enough to leave.”Why We're So Hard on Janay Rice and Celebrity Survivors of Abuse
September 15, 2014
Reporting it; linking to it; commenting on it; marveling at it; expressing shock and disgust about it.The Real Nightmare of Ferguson
August 15, 2014
“When I was doing press for Whitney, critics were commenting on my appearance, saying I was shrill, saying I was needy,” she says.Why Whitney Cummings’ Dick Jokes Are Important
June 25, 2014
"Not to Reardon," Jeff's inner voice was commenting satirically.The Prisoner
An opportunity for commenting on some of them will be afforded in another chapter.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
“That man wasn't right polite to me,” said Maw in commenting upon some of this.Maw's Vacation
Samuel Quirk read the letter to his wife, commenting unfavourably on it the while.
Molly Healy noted this reply, but she abstained from commenting on it.
- 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
- (when intr, often foll by on; when tr, takes a clause as object) to remark or express an opinion
- (intr) to write notes explaining or criticizing a text
Word Origin and History for commenting
late 14c., from Old French coment "commentary" or directly from Late Latin commentum "comment, interpretation," in classical Latin "invention, fabrication, fiction," neuter past participle of comminisci "to contrive, devise," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + base of meminisse "to remember," related to mens (genitive mentis) "mind" (see mind (n.)). The Latin word meaning "something invented" was taken by Isidore and other Christian theologians for "interpretation, annotation." No comment as a stock refusal to answer a journalist's question is first recorded 1950, from Truman's White House press secretary, Charles Ross.
early 15c., from Middle French commenter (15c.), from Latin commentari, from commentum (see comment (n.)). Related: Commented; commenting.