make a statement
Create a certain impression; communicate an idea or mood without using words. For example, The furnishings here make a statement about the company. [Mid-1900s]
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What does make a statement mean?
Make a statement is a phrase that means to express an idea or mood without using words, as in Adam made a statement about how he felt about his opponent when he didn’t shake their hand.
Sometimes, an adjective or another modifier is used with statement to more precisely say what impression is intended, as in The students made a defiant statement when they refused to follow the new dress code.
Example: The bold color choices really make a statement about the fashion designer’s creative vision.
Where does make a statement come from?
The phrase make a statement has been used at least since 1970. The phrase uses an older, figurative sense of the word statement, meaning “the communication of an idea, position, mood, or the like through something other than words,” which dates back to the 1800s.
You can make a statement through your choices or actions either intentionally or unintentionally. Often, make a statement is used when someone makes a bold or unexpected impression, such as when a sports team puts on a superb performance that displays its dominance.
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How is make a statement used in real life?
Make a statement is a common phrase that means to express an idea or belief without using words.
How you deal with conflict not only makes a statement about your personality, but also about the way you have learned to deal with life.
— Snag (@Snag_DN) July 20, 2018
I've seen posts from a few teachers who are hesitant to discuss the inauguration because of political divisions.
But make no mistake. If you ignore that America's Vice President is for the first time a woman and a person of color, you've made a statement. And kids will notice.
— katemessner (@KateMessner) January 20, 2021
after 33 days, I finally wore something other than my pajamas bc I had to go into the public. I made a bold statement with leggings and an oversized tee
— jo (@jostacey11) April 18, 2020
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Is make a statement used correctly in the following sentence?
The controversial musician really made a statement when she refused to accept the award for her new album.
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The court ruled she lacked the maturity to make her own medical decisions.
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And to tell the truth, she couldn't help wishing he could see, so he could make the game livelier.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
She did not need a great cook-book; She knew how much and what it took To make things good and sweet and light.
Now-a-days it is the bankrupt who flouts, and his too confiding creditors who are jeered and laughed at.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Now this setting up of an orderly law-abiding self seems to me to imply that there are impulses which make for order.Children's Ways|James Sully
Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour, and make a fat offering, and then give place to the physician.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various