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[ri-mahrk] /rɪˈmɑrk/
verb (used with object)
to say casually, as in making a comment:
Someone remarked that tomorrow would be a warm day.
to note; perceive; observe:
I remarked a slight accent in her speech.
Obsolete. to mark distinctively.
verb (used without object)
to make a remark or observation (usually followed by on or upon):
He remarked on her amazing wit and intelligence.
the act of remarking; notice.
comment or mention:
to let a thing pass without remark.
a casual or brief expression of thought or opinion.
Fine Arts. remarque.
Origin of remark
1625-35; (v.) < French remarquer, Middle French, equivalent to re- re- + marquer to mark1; (noun) < French remarque, derivative of remarquer
Related forms
remarker, noun
unremarked, adjective
well-remarked, adjective
2. heed, regard, notice. 4. comment. 5. regard.
2. ignore.
Synonym Study
7. Remark, comment, note, observation imply giving special attention, an opinion, or a judgment. A remark is usually a casual and passing expression of opinion: a remark about a play. A comment expresses judgment or explains a particular point: a comment on the author's scholarship. A note is a memorandum or explanation, as in the margin of a page: a note explaining a passage. Observation suggests a comment based on judgment and experience: an observation on social behavior. Unabridged
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  • "Hum," remarked Uncle Peter, in a tone to be noticed for its extreme dryness.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Mrs. Beale remarked that it wasn't the heat that bothered us so, but the humidity.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "I think they are awfully snobbish," she remarked resentfully.

  • "Seems to take it badly," remarked Banstead, looking at his disappearing figure.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • "My intentions with regard to Dick are strictly honourable," she remarked.

    Viviette William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for remarked


when intr, often foll by on or upon; when tr, may take a clause as object. to pass a casual comment (about); reflect in informal speech or writing
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to perceive; observe; notice
a brief casually expressed thought or opinion; observation
notice, comment, or observation: the event passed without remark
(engraving) a variant spelling of remarque
Derived Forms
remarker, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Old French remarquer to observe, from re- + marquer to note, mark1
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Word Origin and History for remarked



1630s, "to mark out, distinguish" modeled on French remarquer "to mark, note, heed," formed in Middle French from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + marquer "to mark," probably from a Germanic source, cf. Old High German marchon "to delimit" (see mark (n.1)).

Meaning "take notice of" is from 1670s; that of "make a comment" is first attested 1690s, from notion of "make a verbal observation" or "call attention to specific points." Related: Remarked; remarking.



1650s, "act of noticing; fact of being worthy of comment," from remark (v.). Meaning "a notice or comment" is from 1670s.

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