Definition of comment in US English:



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

    ‘you asked for comments on the new proposals’
    • ‘We invited Erich Goode to submit a brief comment in response to Glenn Sparks's article.’
    • ‘See also the reader comments at the end of this issue.’
    • ‘I am looking forward to reading comments on this opinion, but I will not respond to mindless comments that are little more than abuse.’
    • ‘I welcome any constructive comments on this opinion.’
    • ‘Government officials were not available for comment, but are expected to welcome the nomination.’
    • ‘Frank's come back with further comments on my earlier remarks.’
    • ‘Graduate students are asked to email the instructor questions or comments on readings before the class meets each week.’
    • ‘However, your knee-jerk reaction to my comments on your blog leaves little to be desired.’
    • ‘I really enjoyed reading the comments on my post from yesterday, and the many responses those comments engendered.’
    • ‘Give us your reactions to stories, comments on conservation issues and other feedback and opinion.’
    • ‘I should just add a brief comment in relation to one of the claims brought by the company.’
    • ‘The government declined public comment.’
    • ‘I appreciate the insightful comments of two anonymous reviewers.’
    • ‘Thanks to a number of others who have offered advice and comments on this project.’
    • ‘Any comments on this opinion will be gratefully received.’
    • ‘Even the teachers have been heard making racist comments.’
    • ‘Nicholas started to count, ignoring her snide comment and commencing on his plan.’
    • ‘I ignored her snide comment and instead gazed around the house with distaste.’
    • ‘McCarty looked at the butler and, without comment, handed him a covered dish.’
    • ‘Members will remember that Johnson made a similar comment along those lines.’
    remark, observation, statement, utterance, pronouncement, judgement, reflection, opinion, view, criticism
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    1. 1.1 Discussion, especially of a critical nature, of an issue or event.
      ‘the plans were not sent to the council for comment’
      • ‘Our readers expect critical comment - repeated at intervals if the issues are ongoing.’
      • ‘We invite comment on the event from any parties who might be able to provide an explanation for such a large magnetic anomaly.’
      • ‘When I was reading the news for BBC television, my brows prompted much comment and criticism.’
      • ‘However, the purpose of these scribblings is primarily to pass comment on current events, not to further depress its readers.’
      • ‘I note that the Minister took an extensive call and raised a number of issues that do need discussion and comment.’
      • ‘Industry concern over the need to identify new sources of revenue marks another area of comment and discussion.’
      • ‘It shows the cops do heed public comment and act on issues.’
      • ‘The office staff provided comment on the issue of academic freedom and grading in connection with that dispute.’
      • ‘Although the majority verdict reform will inevitably attract comment and discussion, it is not radical.’
      • ‘Laing noted that a number of challenges had been identified and highlighted several issues for discussion and public comment.’
      • ‘Still, angry voices have been raised, and that anger has become an issue deserving some comment.’
      • ‘Before we address the potential significance of our findings, some technical issues deserve comment.’
      • ‘Once it became publicized, the bureau's gaffe generated much clucking and snide comment on the nature of incompetence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Still, you do get a fair amount of critical comment in the newspapers and the print media.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now a new orthodoxy is shaping comment and analysis about events in the country.’
      • ‘The ALRC is seeking public comment on the issues raised in the discussion paper.’
      • ‘This essay is apparently a revised version of one which appeared earlier, and which aroused a certain amount of comment and ire.’
      • ‘One of the most popular uses of blogs has been daily comment on the political issues of the day.’
      discussion, debate, mention, consideration, interest
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    2. 1.2 An indirect expression of the views of the creator of an artistic work.
      ‘their second single is a comment on the commercial nature of raves’
      • ‘The film is a comment on love, friendship and the struggle to create an individual sense of family.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 An explanatory note in a book or other written text.
      • ‘The album notes will include comments from Steve Goodman on prison injustice, plus internet sites to check out on the unfair prison system.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 specially tagged text placed within a program to help other users to understand it, which the computer ignores when running the program.
      • ‘They are simply comments, and my Netscape program re-adds them if they are missing.’
      • ‘The code is clean and easy to follow, with plenty of comments to explain what's going on.’
      • ‘The newer utility, xconv, understands comments and the use of tcpd better than itox does.’
      • ‘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.’


  • 1reporting verb Express (an opinion or reaction)

    no object ‘the company would not comment on the venture’
    ‘“He's an independent soul,” she commented’
    ‘the review commented that the book was agreeably written’
    • ‘I was disappointed by the review and didn't bother to comment on it as a result.’
    • ‘I would like to thank Coleman for giving this article credence by taking the time to review and comment on this article.’
    • ‘They will comment on everything you say and give you their opinion.’
    • ‘We were in groups for the conference and had to discuss and comment on various things.’
    • ‘A number of head teachers refused to comment on the changes.’
    • ‘Does this make me completely unqualified to comment on a book about mobile phones?’
    • ‘He says it's inappropriate to comment publicly on any matters of national security.’
    • ‘The company did not wish to comment at this stage.’
    • ‘Several respondents commented that there was no salary increase associated with obtaining a degree.’
    • ‘Adelaide police will not comment publicly on the case.’
    • ‘I want to thank all of the people who read and comment on my writing.’
    • ‘Smith, through his attorney, declined to comment for this story.’
    • ‘A passing student commented to his friend, ‘Isn't that an interesting scene?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other provisions are designed to allow third parties to comment at various stages of proceedings.’
    • ‘One-third of respondents commented that there weren't enough cheese choices available on menus.’
    • ‘"I would have thought he has all eternity, " I commented with a smirk.’
    • ‘She declined to comment on individual schools, saying the review had gone out for public consultation.’
    • ‘Some observers have wryly commented that this may be because of their effectiveness.’
    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 specially tagged explanatory text within (a program) to assist other users.
      • ‘The sample configs are commented to show you where you need to make changes based on your setup.’
      • ‘Playable levels are encouraged, but commented walkthroughs are acceptable.’
      • ‘I would like to thank Dr. Martin for the patience and time she put into reading and commenting my text.’
      • ‘Authorizing links can also serve as enhancing links when their content is factual or as commenting links when the content is opinion.’
      • ‘Microsoft has said it'll add more XML commenting features to Visual Studio 2005.’
    2. 1.2Computing 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.’
      • ‘You will find the serial port access commented out towards the end of the file.’
      • ‘The reference had been commented out, making it invisible to the casual web surfer.’
      • ‘To get rid of the overrides, comment them out of the .Xresources file and restart X.’
      • ‘The first line seems innocent enough, but it's important that you comment it out.’


  • no comment

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

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


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’.