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remark

[ri-mahrk]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to say casually, as in making a comment: Someone remarked that tomorrow would be a warm day.
  2. to note; perceive; observe: I remarked a slight accent in her speech.
  3. Obsolete. to mark distinctively.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a remark or observation (usually followed by on or upon): He remarked on her amazing wit and intelligence.
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noun
  1. the act of remarking; notice.
  2. comment or mention: to let a thing pass without remark.
  3. a casual or brief expression of thought or opinion.
  4. Fine Arts. remarque.
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Origin of remark

1625–35; (v.) < French remarquer, Middle French, equivalent to re- re- + marquer to mark1; (noun) < French remarque, derivative of remarquer
Related formsre·mark·er, nounun·re·marked, adjectivewell-re·marked, adjective

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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.

Antonyms

2. ignore.
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Related Words

mentionobservedeclareutterreflectdescryseeregardspotsayperceivemarknoteespystateheedcrackcatchbeholdwisecrack

Examples from the Web for remarked

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  • "Hum," remarked Uncle Peter, in a tone to be noticed for its extreme dryness.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Mrs. Beale remarked that it wasn't the heat that bothered us so, but the humidity.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "I think they are awfully snobbish," she remarked resentfully.

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

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    William J. Locke

  • "You are not quite right in your tenses, Austin," she remarked.

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    William J. Locke


British Dictionary definitions for remarked

remark

verb
  1. (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
  2. (tr; may take a clause as object) to perceive; observe; notice
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noun
  1. a brief casually expressed thought or opinion; observation
  2. notice, comment, or observationthe event passed without remark
  3. engraving a variant spelling of remarque
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Derived Formsremarker, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Old French remarquer to observe, from re- + marquer to note, mark 1
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Word Origin and History for remarked

remark

v.

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.

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remark

n.

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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