[ kom-ent ]
See synonyms for: commentcommentedcomments on

  1. a remark, observation, or criticism: a comment about the weather.

  2. gossip; talk: His frequent absences gave rise to comment.

  1. a criticism or interpretation, often by implication or suggestion: The play is a comment on modern society.

  2. Digital Technology. 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.

  3. a note in explanation, expansion, or criticism of a passage in a book, article, or the like; annotation.

  4. explanatory or critical matter added to a text.

  5. Also called rheme. Linguistics. the part of a sentence that communicates new information about the topic.: Compare topic (def. 4).

verb (used without object)
  1. to make remarks, observations, or criticisms: He refused to comment on the decision of the court.

  2. to write explanatory or critical notes upon a text.

verb (used with object)
  1. to make comments or remarks on; furnish with comments; annotate.

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 “contrived,” past participle of comminīscī “to contrive, devise”; cf. com-, mental1

synonym study For comment

1. See remark.

Other words for comment

Other words from comment

  • com·ment·a·ble, adjective
  • com·ment·er, noun
  • un·com·ment·ed, adjective
  • un·com·ment·ing, adjective
  • un·der·com·ment, noun, verb

Words that may be confused with comment

Words Nearby comment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use comment in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for comment


/ (ˈkɒmɛnt) /

  1. a remark, criticism, or observation

  2. talk or gossip

  1. a note explaining or criticizing a passage in a text

  2. explanatory or critical matter added to a text

  1. (when intr, often foll by on; when tr, takes a clause as object) to remark or express an opinion

  2. (intr) to write notes explaining or criticizing a text

Origin of comment

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

Derived forms of comment

  • commenter, noun

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