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comment

[ kom-ent ]
/ ˈkɒm ɛnt /
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noun

verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to make comments or remarks on; furnish with comments; annotate.

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Origin of comment

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English com(m)ent “explanatory note, comment,” from Old French comment “commentary,” from Late Latin commentum “interpretation, comment,” from Latin “device, fabrication, falsehood,” noun use of neuter of commentus (past participle of comminīscī “to contrive, devise”), equivalent to com- com- + men- (base of mēns, mentis “mind, heart, soul, disposition,” see mind) + -tus past participle ending

synonym study for comment

1. See remark.

OTHER WORDS FROM comment

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH comment

comment , commentate
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What is a basic definition of comment?

A comment is a remark or observation that expresses a person’s observation or criticism. To comment is to make such a remark. A comment is also a reply from a user to published material on the internet. Comment has several other senses as a noun and a verb.

When people make comments, they are giving their opinion or perspective on something in the form of an observation or criticism. Comments are usually short statements. The word commentary is used for longer criticism or a group of comments. A person who offers a comment is a commenter.

  • Real-life examples: Managers often want (or pretend to want) comments from their staff when looking for feedback about something. When people chat, they often share comments about many topics, such as sports, the weather, or politics. A backseat driver delivers unwanted comments about another person’s driving abilities.
  • Used in a sentence: The contractor listened to the owner’s comments about what the new house should look like. 

Comment is used to mean to make observations or remarks. This sense often takes the form of “to comment on.”

  • Used in a sentence: The company didn’t want to comment on the scandal. 

Comment also refers to a reply posted by a user in response to content on the internet. These replies are often listed in the comments section of an article, blog post, or video. Websites may not allow users to post comments if they think a topic is controversial.

  • Real-life examples: News websites and YouTube videos allow users to post comments. Most websites will ban or suspend users who post especially profane or offensive comments.
  • Used in a sentence: The video resulted in a lot of supportive comments from fans. 

Where does comment come from?

The first records of comment come from around 1350.  It ultimately comes from the Latin comminīscī, meaning “to contrive” or “to devise.”

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What are some other forms related to comment?

  • commentable (adjective)
  • commenter (noun)
  • uncommented (adjective)
  • uncommenting (adjective)
  • undercomment (noun, verb)

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How is comment used in real life?

Comment is a very command word that refers to opinions or observations. Often, users give rude or unpleasant comments in response to content on the internet. 

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True or False?

Comments are always factual and based on truth.

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British Dictionary definitions for comment

comment
/ (ˈkɒmɛnt) /

noun

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

verb

(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

Derived forms of comment

commenter, noun

Word Origin for comment

C15: from Latin commentum invention, from comminiscī to contrive, related to mens mind
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