Definition of remark in US English:



  • 1reporting verb Say something as a comment; mention.

    with direct speech ‘“Tom's looking peaked,” she remarked’
    with clause ‘he remarked that he had some work to finish’
    no object ‘the judges remarked on the high standard of the entries’
    • ‘Observers have remarked on the odd love Canadians have for the game of hockey.’
    • ‘I remarked on how strange it was that none of them was there at the reunion.’
    • ‘A pair of German kayakers returning for their second year remarked on the difference.’
    • ‘About success and failure, he remarks that he enjoys success and doesn't bother much when failure strikes.’
    • ‘I emphasise the importance of observing and remarking upon details.’
    • ‘"I doubt there's much danger of that," I remarked dryly.’
    • ‘Helen remarks that many people go through their lives without finding out what they are really good at, but she's been lucky.’
    • ‘The British, another historian remarks, ‘have a genius for the appearance of continuity’.’
    • ‘When I commented to her on her helpfulness she remarked that to do well at the job you have to like driving and like people.’
    • ‘Mrs. Thatcher once famously remarked that there is no such thing as society.’
    • ‘"Well, for the time being, you are our child," Billy remarked wryly.’
    • ‘When my mother much later remarked on what fun I seemed to have with my own children it went to my heart.’
    • ‘This comment comes just two months after remarking that he was ‘looking forward to a wonderful Christmas’.’
    • ‘Their Honours remarked that the trial judge made a comment about the evidence given by the applicant.’
    • ‘Turner remarked that it was one thing to interpret the Bible but another thing to contradict it.’
    • ‘Both panels, as remarked earlier, are extremely small.’
    • ‘I only wish I had such eyes, the King remarked in a fretful tone.’
    • ‘Long, who is president of the organization, remarked on the mixed crowd.’
    • ‘"Just the person I was hoping to see," he remarked sarcastically.’
    • ‘Sands once famously remarked that our revenge would be the laughter of our children.’
    comment, say, observe, mention, reflect, state, declare, announce, pronounce, assert
    comment on, mention, refer to, speak of, pass comment on, say something about, touch on
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  • 2with object Regard with attention; notice.

    ‘he remarked the man's inflamed eyelids’
    • ‘While remarking these things, I noted that my clothes were beginning to dry off and was very pleased.’
    • ‘The image of the social totality has often been remarked to be more difficult to perceive from street level than from above.’
    note, notice, observe, take note of, mark, perceive, discern
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  • 1A written or spoken comment.

    ‘I decided to ignore his rude remarks’
    • ‘I was kind of a class clown, always making snide remarks to everything.’
    • ‘What do you think the practical impact of the president's remarks will be?’
    • ‘The first reminder concerned some racist remarks about Aboriginal people and dysfunctional social behaviours.’
    • ‘He was expecting to hear a snide remark in response but got only a satisfied sigh.’
    • ‘However, off-hand public remarks quoted in newspapers can't be taken as serious theoretical statements.’
    • ‘The next day, we were at a museum when a man started making snide remarks, pointedly within earshot, about the Muslim faith.’
    • ‘The former president's remarks have been interpreted as a timetable for China's military offensive against this country.’
    • ‘He was later forced to withdraw the remark in an apology delivered in parliament.’
    • ‘I must preface my remarks with a confession: I didn't watch the Superbowl on Sunday.’
    • ‘Now, to any questions he is asked, he can say he will reserve further remarks till the reviews have been completed.’
    • ‘Finally, we give a summary and some concluding remarks.’
    • ‘I interpret her cryptic remark at the end of her chapter as supporting this view.’
    • ‘The people who made the derogatory remarks were a group whose tongues may have been loosened by drink.’
    • ‘She probably doesn't even realize her offhand remarks are offensive to you.’
    • ‘Apart from Brandon making snide remarks every once in awhile, practice was fine.’
    • ‘But the minister insisted his remarks at a conference were taken out of context by Italian journalists.’
    • ‘In the United States, the U.S. Federal Reserve has been making similar remarks about its rapidly growing economy.’
    • ‘A woman in Florida wrote some rather unflattering remarks about a local sheriff in the newspaper.’
    • ‘We are now in a position to add some concluding remarks.’
    • ‘Second, we have concerns about remarks attributed to an ‘anonymous’ source within our staff.’
    1. 1.1 Notice or comment.
      ‘the landscape was not worthy of remark’
      • ‘He was more interested in the tall ones off at a bit of a distance, but she passed by without notice or remark.’
      • ‘It is worthy of remark that while the sources of naturalism go back a very long way in Western philosophy, it has been especially prominent in philosophy in America.’
      • ‘The equation of ‘extra-hazardous’ and ‘dangerous’ is also worthy of remark.’
      comment, statement, utterance, observation, declaration, pronouncement
      attention, notice, comment, mention, observation, consideration, heed, acknowledgement, recognition
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Late 16th century (in remark (sense 2 of the verb)): from French remarquer ‘note again’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + marquer ‘to mark, note’.