Definition of comment in English:



  • 1A verbal or written remark expressing an opinion or reaction.

    ‘you asked for comments on the new proposals’
    [mass noun] ‘the plans were sent to the council for comment’
    • ‘However, your knee-jerk reaction to my comments on your blog leaves little to be desired.’
    • ‘See also the reader comments at the end of this issue.’
    • ‘I appreciate the insightful comments of two anonymous reviewers.’
    • ‘Frank's come back with further comments on my earlier remarks.’
    • ‘I ignored her snide comment and instead gazed around the house with distaste.’
    • ‘Nicholas started to count, ignoring her snide comment and commencing on his plan.’
    • ‘Give us your reactions to stories, comments on conservation issues and other feedback and opinion.’
    • ‘Graduate students are asked to email the instructor questions or comments on readings before the class meets each week.’
    • ‘The government declined public comment.’
    • ‘Members will remember that Johnson made a similar comment along those lines.’
    • ‘McCarty looked at the butler and, without comment, handed him a covered dish.’
    • ‘Government officials were not available for comment, but are expected to welcome the nomination.’
    • ‘I am looking forward to reading comments on this opinion, but I will not respond to mindless comments that are little more than abuse.’
    • ‘We invited Erich Goode to submit a brief comment in response to Glenn Sparks's article.’
    • ‘Even the teachers have been heard making racist comments.’
    • ‘I really enjoyed reading the comments on my post from yesterday, and the many responses those comments engendered.’
    • ‘I should just add a brief comment in relation to one of the claims brought by the company.’
    • ‘Thanks to a number of others who have offered advice and comments on this project.’
    • ‘Any comments on this opinion will be gratefully received.’
    • ‘I welcome any constructive comments on this opinion.’
    remark, observation, statement, utterance, pronouncement, judgement, reflection, opinion, view, criticism
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]Discussion, especially of a critical nature, of an issue or event.
      ‘the exhibition has aroused comment’
      • ‘It shows the cops do heed public comment and act on issues.’
      • ‘One of the most popular uses of blogs has been daily comment on the political issues of the day.’
      • ‘When I was reading the news for BBC television, my brows prompted much comment and criticism.’
      • ‘This essay is apparently a revised version of one which appeared earlier, and which aroused a certain amount of comment and ire.’
      • ‘Our readers expect critical comment - repeated at intervals if the issues are ongoing.’
      • ‘Once it became publicized, the bureau's gaffe generated much clucking and snide comment on the nature of incompetence.’
      • ‘Although the majority verdict reform will inevitably attract comment and discussion, it is not radical.’
      • ‘Before we address the potential significance of our findings, some technical issues deserve comment.’
      • ‘Laing noted that a number of challenges had been identified and highlighted several issues for discussion and public comment.’
      • ‘Widespread corruption, which was the subject of much comment, seems to have ensured that it was the best, and not the worst, trees that were felled.’
      • ‘Industry concern over the need to identify new sources of revenue marks another area of comment and discussion.’
      • ‘I note that the Minister took an extensive call and raised a number of issues that do need discussion and comment.’
      • ‘The ALRC is seeking public comment on the issues raised in the discussion paper.’
      • ‘Still, you do get a fair amount of critical comment in the newspapers and the print media.’
      • ‘Still, angry voices have been raised, and that anger has become an issue deserving some comment.’
      • ‘We invite comment on the event from any parties who might be able to provide an explanation for such a large magnetic anomaly.’
      • ‘The office staff provided comment on the issue of academic freedom and grading in connection with that dispute.’
      • ‘Although all turns out fine in the end, the ending is not typical and it even finds time for self-reflective comment on the fickle nature of the movie industry.’
      • ‘However, the purpose of these scribblings is primarily to pass comment on current events, not to further depress its readers.’
      • ‘Now a new orthodoxy is shaping comment and analysis about events in the country.’
      discussion, debate, mention, consideration, interest
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    2. 1.2An indirect expression of the views of the writer of a play, book, film, etc.
      ‘she denies that the film is a comment on the perils of celebrity’
      • ‘As the film progresses, the war outside becomes more important to the main plot, which makes a comment about the Spanish Civil War in more specific terms.’
      • ‘‘The Ringmaster’, from the contemporary popular culture series, incorporates subtle political comment into a circus poster format.’
      • ‘Theron denies the film is a comment on the perils of celebrity, or that such behaviour is inevitable if you are in the public eye.’
      • ‘The film is a comment on love, friendship and the struggle to create an individual sense of family.’
      • ‘Laurel Canyon is trying to make a social comment but as the film fails to be really engaging it is lost underneath all the soap opera.’
    3. 1.3An explanatory note in a book or other written text.
      ‘additional notes and comments’
      • ‘But there are problems with the notion of crisis management - as Richardson's extended comment explains.’
      • ‘They pleasantly surprise the reader by additional introductory notes, comments, and excurses.’
      • ‘See, for example, the comments set out as notes under the entries for Thoosuchus and Yarengia.’
      • ‘The album notes will include comments from Steve Goodman on prison injustice, plus internet sites to check out on the unfair prison system.’
      note, notation, annotation, footnote, gloss, commentary, explanation, explication, interpretation, elucidation, exposition, exegesis
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    4. 1.4archaic A written explanation or commentary.
      explanation, clarification, illumination
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    5. 1.5Computing A piece of text placed within a program to help other users to understand it, which the computer ignores when running the program.
      • ‘This makes them hard to include as comments in the source code.’
      • ‘Program comments that provide some clues as to which user is notified when the job completes.’
      • ‘They are simply comments, and my Netscape program re-adds them if they are missing.’
      • ‘The newer utility, xconv, understands comments and the use of tcpd better than itox does.’
      • ‘The code is clean and easy to follow, with plenty of comments to explain what's going on.’


  • 1[reporting verb] Express an opinion or reaction in speech or writing.

    [with clause] ‘teachers commented that children of all abilities would benefit’
    [no object] ‘the company would not comment on the venture’
    [with direct speech] ‘‘She's an independent soul,’ he commented’
    • ‘A number of head teachers refused to comment on the changes.’
    • ‘Several respondents commented that there was no salary increase associated with obtaining a degree.’
    • ‘Some observers have wryly commented that this may be because of their effectiveness.’
    • ‘Smith, through his attorney, declined to comment for this story.’
    • ‘They will comment on everything you say and give you their opinion.’
    • ‘The company did not wish to comment at this stage.’
    • ‘One-third of respondents commented that there weren't enough cheese choices available on menus.’
    • ‘Does this make me completely unqualified to comment on a book about mobile phones?’
    • ‘We provide our customer reviews section for you to comment on the merits of the book and the author's writing style.’
    • ‘"Serious charges," the judge commented, then nodded to himself approvingly.’
    • ‘He says it's inappropriate to comment publicly on any matters of national security.’
    • ‘Other provisions are designed to allow third parties to comment at various stages of proceedings.’
    • ‘We were in groups for the conference and had to discuss and comment on various things.’
    • ‘I was disappointed by the review and didn't bother to comment on it as a result.’
    • ‘She declined to comment on individual schools, saying the review had gone out for public consultation.’
    • ‘I would like to thank Coleman for giving this article credence by taking the time to review and comment on this article.’
    • ‘I want to thank all of the people who read and comment on my writing.’
    • ‘A passing student commented to his friend, ‘Isn't that an interesting scene?’’
    • ‘Adelaide police will not comment publicly on the case.’
    • ‘"I would have thought he has all eternity, " I commented with a smirk.’
    remark on, speak about, talk about, write about, discuss, mention, give a mention to, make mention of, make remarks about, make a comment on, express an opinion on, say something about, touch on, allude to
    remark, observe, reflect, say, state, declare, announce, pronounce, assert, interpose, interject
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    1. 1.1Computing [with object]Place a piece of explanatory text within (a program) to assist other users.
      ‘the only way to solve the problem is to code for the hardware directly—just make sure that it's clearly commented’
      • ‘I would like to thank Dr. Martin for the patience and time she put into reading and commenting my text.’
      • ‘The sample configs are commented to show you where you need to make changes based on your setup.’
      • ‘Microsoft has said it'll add more XML commenting features to Visual Studio 2005.’
      • ‘Authorizing links can also serve as enhancing links when their content is factual or as commenting links when the content is opinion.’
      • ‘Playable levels are encouraged, but commented walkthroughs are acceptable.’
    2. 1.2Computing [with object]Turn (part of a program) into a comment so that the computer ignores it when running the program.
      ‘you could try commenting out that line’
      • ‘Then you need to comment it out by appending the string dnl to the beginning of the line.’
      • ‘The first line seems innocent enough, but it's important that you comment it out.’
      • ‘The reference had been commented out, making it invisible to the casual web surfer.’
      • ‘You will find the serial port access commented out towards the end of the file.’
      • ‘To get rid of the overrides, comment them out of the .Xresources file and restart X.’


  • no comment

    • Used in refusing to answer a question, especially in a sensitive situation.

      ‘I spent the day saying ‘No comment’ to every reporter’
      • ‘There is always a risk of getting sucked into the firestorm, so no comment is often a judicious approach.’
      • ‘"No comment," was the council's response to numerous inquiries from the Gazette about the whereabouts of the three officers.’
      • ‘When asked to comment on how the meeting went, he smiled and replied, "No comment."’
      • ‘As for her golf handicap, she declines to reveal what hers is, saying only, "No comment" when the question is asked.’
      • ‘I've read ahead to see the questions at the end and I've put no comment for each.’
      • ‘I have been waiting a long time in politics to say this - no comment.’
      • ‘When asked how aware he and his teammates were of the hostage situation, he said, "No comment."’
      • ‘The editor-in-chief says "No comment" to pretty much every interesting question.’
      • ‘I had no evidence, and would get denials or no comment if I questioned the alleged lovers.’
      • ‘When asked if he would consider changing management at the firm, Armstrong replied: "No comment."’


Late Middle English (in the senses ‘expository treatise’ and ‘explanatory note’): from Latin commentum contrivance (in late Latin also interpretation), neuter past participle of comminisci devise.