Definition of statement in English:



  • 1A definite or clear expression of something in speech or writing.

    ‘do you agree with this statement?’
    ‘this is correct as a statement of fact’
    [mass noun] ‘Minton's love of clear statement’
    • ‘The statement is clear and unambiguous - but what does it mean?’
    • ‘Yes, I think there needs to be a clear statement of when and if we'll commit troops.’
    • ‘We have his clear statements of specific actions to take to make this city a better place.’
    • ‘His few clear anti-Christian statements relate to specifically Catholic doctrine, not to Christianity more generally.’
    • ‘Amir also chooses to ignore the clear statement at the top of every comments page.’
    • ‘It is very interesting to read that declaration, with its specific and clear statements about protecting marriage and upholding the natural family in our countries.’
    • ‘The statement should be clear that it is not helpful for the police to try to own this kind of large social problem.’
    • ‘The dedication gives a clear statement of her motivation.’
    • ‘Modern syntax calls for simple, clear, direct statements in the name of clarity: subject, verb, object.’
    • ‘The research questions are answered in sequential order, with a clear statement for each question.’
    • ‘Such a clear statement regarding the nature of science is entirely absent from the science curriculum.’
    • ‘The annual report of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra contains a clear statement of objectives.’
    • ‘Instead, he is floating the idea that the ID card would be a service to the public, providing a clear statement of entitlement to services.’
    • ‘Both camps are deeply divided over the question of Europe, and a clear statement by either candidate could lead to a break-up.’
    • ‘It's not necessarily a warning, it's just a clear statement of fact and principle that we're going after them.’
    • ‘The 1980s saw a marked lack of clear statements about the lack of transitional fossils, or criticism of claimed fossil series.’
    • ‘It is worrying that this even needs pointing out by Jack Straw but I for one am very glad that he has made such a clear statement.’
    • ‘This broad social orientation was reflected in a programme that avoided clear statements and aimed at general acceptance.’
    • ‘This letter should end with a clear statement of invitation to enroll the child.’
    • ‘I think that he made his statement loud and clear, and I think we need to take that into consideration.’
    declaration, expression of facts, expression of views, affirmation, assertion, announcement, utterance, communication
    revelation, disclosure, divulgence, pronouncement, recitation, articulation, proclamation, presentation, expounding, explanation, promulgation
    account, testimony, evidence, report, bulletin, communiqué
    asseveration, averment
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    1. 1.1An official account of facts, views, or plans, especially one for release to the media.
      ‘the ministers issued a joint statement calling for negotiations’
      • ‘The next day, she released a statement to the media that reaffirmed her testimony.’
      • ‘The official statement has been released, the CEO and Chairman have taken a couple of calls, spoken to one or two members of the press.’
      • ‘Because of ‘commercial sensitivities’ an official statement will only be released late next week.’
      • ‘He suggested the two sides release a joint statement announcing Beltran would be playing elsewhere next season.’
      • ‘The Commission then agreed with the Acting Head of Public Works to release a media statement to correct the situation.’
      • ‘But the couple's agents released a joint statement yesterday, confirming the pair have separated.’
      • ‘The company issued a statement following national media reports that the York factory was in danger of shutting down in the wake of falling exports of Kit Kats.’
      • ‘When eventually the protesters were released, their initial statements to the media were about how this is a day to celebrate, but it is also a solemn day.’
      • ‘The PCT will call a special board meeting and release public statements outlining the plans.’
      • ‘The report and the accompanying media release and other statements are here.’
      • ‘‘It will therefore serve a better purpose to issue official statements for media consumption,’ Bernama quoted him as saying.’
      • ‘Earlier they released a statement saying they planned to spend Christmas with family and close friends.’
      • ‘Where weapons testing in the past was generally shrouded in secrecy, the explosion of the superbomb in Florida was accompanied by a press release, official statements and even video footage.’
      • ‘He said there was a groundswell of opinion among backbenchers, and said he had been involved with a statement released detailing the plans.’
      • ‘In public statements, Clear Channel claimed it was pulling the plug because of indecent content.’
      • ‘This was the case in relation to the product recalls referred to above, when advertisements were placed in national newspapers and statements released to the media.’
      • ‘Penske officials released a statement saying Kvapil's job is safe, but the team needs a complete overhaul.’
      • ‘Defence Ministry officials said a joint statement could be issued at the conclusion of the discussions.’
      • ‘After the verdict Alexander's parents, Stephen and Kirstie Graham, released a joint statement condemning the legal system.’
      • ‘After the informal, but closed-door, meetings, the leaders will issue two joint statements, the official said.’
    2. 1.2A formal account of events given by a witness, defendant, or other party to the police or in a court of law.
      ‘she made a statement to the police’
      • ‘Mrs Gower did not give evidence to the Tribunal, nor was a witness statement from her submitted by either party.’
      • ‘The statements of the police officers and the civilian witnesses were also disposed of.’
      • ‘When it came to the defence case the appellant was simply called and asked to confirm on oath that the statement under caution she had made to the police was true.’
      • ‘He made those statements to police and prosecutors.’
      • ‘The only evidence from Mr. Parks is the statement taken by a police officer.’
      • ‘The General Secretary of the TUC, in a witness statement provided to the Court, said this.’
      • ‘Those events occurred in court before Reynolds had provided a statement to the police of his knowledge of the activities of this appellant.’
      • ‘The charge arose out of the fact that Miss Wan gave a witness statement to the police in which she provided a false alibi for Iftikhar.’
      • ‘The said witness gave a statement to the police as well as testimony at trial.’
      • ‘Objection was taken to the statement of Police Constable Trow being admitted in evidence, but we found it was properly admitted.’
      • ‘I appreciate that in your witness statements in the judicial review, you have referred to financial difficulties.’
      • ‘Police investigation procedures were insensitive to the state in which the child was when he or she made a statement to police or testified in court.’
      • ‘A witness [H] made a statement to the police in which he says [A] admitted to him that he had given your brother heroin.’
      • ‘The trial judge found that the appellant was unresponsive at times to English statements made by the police officers.’
      • ‘The Defendant's witness statement stated that he received the keys and moved in on 2 August.’
      • ‘A witness statement of Detective Constable Breakwell was also read to the jury.’
      • ‘On 15 December 1996 they both attended the police station and made statements.’
      • ‘I reported this to the police and I made a statement describing the events.’
      • ‘The Claimant made a further statement to the police on 2 January 2003 in support of her complaint.’
      • ‘All appellants made statements to the police against Ashton and Webber.’
    3. 1.3An expression of an attitude or belief that is made by means of actions or appearance.
      ‘the hope is that they will fill the stands and terraces to make a statement about the importance of this club’
      ‘a tattoo can be more than just a fashion statement–it has potential medical value’
      • ‘She was perhaps the first woman to make a fashion statement by wearing a brassiere outside her normal clothing.’
      • ‘By sending a thank you letter to anyone who refers a customer to you, you've not only shown your appreciation, but you've made a statement about the way you do business.’
      • ‘It seems to have become a fashion statement to carry a chihuahua around in one's purse like a tube of lipstick.’
      • ‘The painting also makes a strong political statement.’
      • ‘It's important that my music can make a statement against division, hatred and injustice.’
      • ‘It would be disingenuous to deny that the programme makes a statement, but I don't think people should jump to the conclusion that there is a disenchantment with traditional theatre.’
      • ‘Despite the occasional jab at bigots, however, the movie does not really come across as a political statement.’
      • ‘Some people who were buying a fur said they never thought to buy a fur, but they felt a compulsion to make a statement.’
      • ‘But in these show-all, tell-all days, the bra strap is a fashion statement all its own.’
      • ‘The Kinsey report had blown taboos out of the water and the hippy movement made free love a political statement.’
      • ‘Those who condemn this movie on the ground that it "promotes impure thoughts" are making a statement about themselves.’
      • ‘She's not making a fashion statement or selling an image.’
      • ‘It was at first assumed that the 68-year-old premier was trying to make some bizarre fashion statement.’
      • ‘Bell-bottoms are a fashion statement.’
      • ‘This film seems to be making a statement about the tyranny of the majority and how those who are considered different are ostracised.’
      • ‘Those early pictures in the family album showing ladies with hats, veils and scarves and men in dustcoats were not so much fashion statements as a reflection of necessity.’
      • ‘A close study of its history reveals that the moustache is more than a fashion statement.’
      • ‘A ringtone is a broadcast fashion statement, designed to be overheard.’
      • ‘There is something beautifully reassuring about the presence of an antique grandfather clock in a home; it makes a statement about permanence and comfort that's hard to beat.’
      • ‘In initiating this exchange with his mother, Henry is likely to have been making a statement about his own autonomy and transition into manhood.’
    4. 1.4[as modifier]Denoting something, such as a visually striking piece of jewellery, clothing, or interior decoration, that is intended to convey a particular attitude or image.
      ‘she accessorized with a dazzling orange scarf and a statement necklace’
      ‘pure white walls and floors allow her statement furniture to take centre stage’
      • ‘Nothing spices up a solid tee faster than a printed scarf or colorful statement necklace.’
      • ‘For dinner with friends, opt for a pretty sweater dress, shearling boots, and a gorgeous statement necklace.’
      • ‘Swap your sensible flat shoes for heels, add a glittery scarf and statement jewellery.’
      • ‘Wearing a statement necklace or bold cuff makes a dramatic impact.’
      • ‘Worn with the matching earrings, this remarkable statement piece is set to be the very epitome of glamour this summer!’
      • ‘Bigger is better when it comes to statement jewelry, with large-scale earrings and necklaces among the holiday accessory offerings.’
      • ‘Considered the ultimate in contemporary bedroom design, leather beds are the must-have statement pieces.’
      • ‘Moulded from polyethylene in three colours - anthracite grey, white and silver grey - these chairs are great statement pieces for the roof terrace, garden room and poolside.’
      • ‘Statement jewels are a great way of dressing up a casual outfit during the festive season.’
      • ‘This season, the designer again paired the best of wearable neutrals with bold statement pieces.’
      • ‘Opulent outfits and glittering statement jewelry pieces aren't just for night time.’
      • ‘The collection features a mix of neon, statement body-con dresses, skater skirts, leathers, leggings, hooded dresses and bright prints.’
      • ‘Her silver metallic clutch and simple approach to accessorizing let the bold red statement dress stand on its own.’
      • ‘Smart, slick, suited women abound; there is plenty of statement jewellery and a fondness for glamour and glitz.’
      • ‘Chunky necklaces and oversized cocktail rings have long packed a punch as go-to statement pieces.’
      • ‘Boring mealtimes are set to be spiced up, as Irish designers produce statement pieces for the table that bring individuality to place settings.’
      • ‘Statement necklaces are all the rage for spring.’
      • ‘For Spring, Giannini looked back to that golden era of the late 1960s, where long tunics, oodles of ruffles, and major statement jewels were de rigueur.’
      • ‘All jetsetters need a pair of statement sunglasses.’
    5. 1.5(in the UK) an official assessment made by a local education authority concerning a child's special educational needs.
      ‘children with statements of special educational needs’
      • ‘Then we have the secondary schools, such as Erith, who admit those with academic abilities that may be high but, more often as not, are average or with statements of educational needs.’
      • ‘Mr Conway said Withins School, Hayward School and the Deane School have large numbers of children with statements of special educational needs.’
      • ‘For a child of eight to get a statement of special educational needs they would need to have a reading age of five.’
      • ‘The group was able to influence the way money was spent on children with legal statements of special educational needs.’
      • ‘For these children, the local authority draws up a statement of special educational needs, which in most cases provides extra help of some kind in the school.’
      • ‘The Devizes area unit is based at Wansdyke School but all pupils who go the unit have to have a statement of special educational needs from the county council.’
      • ‘Before he started school a statement of his special educational needs was made, based on his language and learning difficulties.’
  • 2A document setting out items of debit and credit between a bank or other organization and a customer.

    ‘you'll have your own account with a monthly statement’
    • ‘Go through your checkbook and credit card statements for the past year and list each check or itemized credit card charge in its proper category.’
    • ‘Some go through potential victims' bins, looking for credit card statements whose information they can then use to pretend the card has been stolen and have a replacement redirected to a new address.’
    • ‘Ms Smith wants to know how long should she keep her bank and credit card statements for.’
    • ‘A monthly statement shows customers how much they have borrowed and what borrowing facilities remain.’
    • ‘The value of transactions will be limited by the customer's existing credit rating, and transaction details will be entered on credit and debit card statements, not on the customer's phone bill.’
    • ‘Credit card statements often cause distress because of overspending.’
    • ‘Log in to your online accounts regularly, and check bank, credit and debit card statements to ensure that all transactions are legitimate.’
    • ‘Now simply ignore any unusual transactions on your bank and credit card statements for the next six months.’
    • ‘Legislation should make it obligatory for credit card statements to give how long it would take to pay the current debt off if only the minimum payment is made each time.’
    • ‘The only exception to this attitude would be that I do check my bank and credit card statements.’
    • ‘Check your recent bank and credit card statements to see how you've been spending your money over the past three to six months.’
    • ‘Each member receives a monthly statement showing either a debit or credit balance.’
    • ‘You also may request copies of monthly statements from your bank and credit card providers.’
    • ‘The software has already faced some criticism over its ability to show users cached versions of supposedly-secret files and web pages, such as online bank and credit statements.’
    • ‘If you find that your bank/credit card statements do not yield all of these expenses, you could try tracking your expenditure by noting down everything you spend in a notebook for a week.’
    • ‘Also, be suspicious if you no longer receive credit card statements or other important mailings.’
    • ‘But, I've seen people I know put utility bills, or worse, bank or credit card statements, or receipts, in the bin without even ripping them up, so many times.’
    • ‘For example, paying attention in math class will help you with those monthly cash flow statements.’
    • ‘Always monitor your monthly billing statements and credit reports, and shred any documents that contain personal information.’
    • ‘In the United States, when the bank sends a statement to the customer it attaches to it all items drawn by him and debited to his account.’
  • 3Music
    A presentation of a theme or melody within a composition.

    • ‘Even in chamber music, Beethoven always found a voice for the monumental statement.’
    • ‘Thus one of the important elements of classical sonata form, the contrast between statements and developments, is rendered somewhat problematic.’
    • ‘The outer movements are astringent, hard driving musical statements.’
    • ‘Melodic statements often begin boldly but clearly - pitches and rhythms one can remember or indeed sing - for the first phrase.’
    • ‘The ground's ten totally enclosed and unvaried statements are the constant harmonic determinant.’
    • ‘The theme, an eight-bar structure of stentorian semibreve piano chords, receives six doggedly unvaried statements.’
    • ‘One hears the fullest statement of the Dowland song, with its original harmonies, at the end.’
    • ‘He tended to change the theme in its successive statements, so that the principal subject of a rondo would never appear the same twice.’


  • Officially assess (a child) as having special educational needs.

    ‘a reassessment of statemented children’
    ‘the LEAs' differing policies on statementing’
    • ‘[L] was significantly more able to cope than the remaining four statemented pupils.’
    • ‘I've even taught the syllabus to statemented children - they might not get A grades but they still get an awful lot out of it.’
    • ‘The major changes surround the system for statementing - the process used to identify extra educational support for children with severe and complex needs.’
    • ‘On Friday afternoons I am ‘in charge’ (and I use the term guardedly) of the class from hell: 20 year eight pupils, all statemented with severe special educational needs and behaviour problems.’
    • ‘Mr Wloch said his son was now ‘very happy and a different child’ at his new school in Skipton, where he had been statemented, enabling him to receive one-to-one attention.’
    • ‘Many parents who can afford it employ a specialist solicitor during statementing and especially at Tribunal stage.’
    • ‘Education Bradford said: ‘We are working with Kyle's family, the school, and others who care for him, to assess his needs and decide whether or not he should be statemented, following a request from his auntie.’’
    • ‘The boy is already receiving help at school but the family is trying to get him statemented so he can get one-to-one teaching.’
    • ‘I went to a normal school and have never been statemented as special needs.’
    • ‘‘The LEA has brought the numbers down by stealth, by not statementing children,’ he said.’
    • ‘At ten, Sarah was statemented as special needs and received extra leaning support while a pupil at Farington County Primary, Rose Street.’