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Usage statistics for the noun comment:

conversational speech12.89%task-oriented speech87.11%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun comment:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb comment:


The word comment and its family (commentaries, commentary, commentator, commentators, commented, commenting, comments) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun comment

What does comment mean as a name of something?

Comment is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: comments

  1. a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
  2. a written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material
    • example: he wrote an extended comment on the proposal
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of comment: commentary
    • more generic word: statement = a message that is stated or declared
    • more specific words:
      • Midrash = an ancient commentary on part of the Hebrew scriptures that is based on Jewish methods of interpretation and attached to the biblical text
      • annotation / notation / note = a comment or instruction
  3. a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people

Alternative definition of the noun comment


  1. A spoken remark.
  2. [programming] A remark in source code which does not affect the behavior of the program.

Definition of the verb comment

What does comment mean as a doing word?

Comment is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: commented | commenting | comments

  1. make or write a comment on
    • example: he commented the paper of his colleague
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]She lectured
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, arbitrary control with -ing]She lectured about traveling
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, possessive with -ing]She lectured about her traveling
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, not sentential clause]She lectured about her travels

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): elaborate.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of comment: notice / point out / remark
    • more generic words: mention / note / observe / remark = make mention of
    • more specific terms:
  2. explain or interpret something
  3. provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of comment: annotate / gloss
    • more generic words: interpret / rede = give an interpretation or explanation to

Alternative definition of the verb comment


  1. [transitive] To remark.
  2. [intransitive, with "on" or "about"] To make remarks or notes.
  3. [software] To insert comments into source code.


"Comment" is a composition.


  1. Comment: In computer programming, a comment is a programming language construct used to embed programmer-readable annotations in the source code of a computer program. Those annotations are potentially significant to programmers but typically ignorable to compilers and interpreters. Comments are usually added with the purpose of making the source code easier to understand. The syntax and rules for comments vary and are usually defined in a programming language specification.
    • also known as 注释
  2. Comment: Any comment about this occurrence.
  3. Comment: Kommentaar on selgitav või arvustav märkus mingi teose kohta, aga ka igasuguse sündmuse, arvamusavalduse või seisukoha kohta üldse. Kommentaar võib olla kirjalik või ka suuline.
  4. Comment: Comments, disclaimers or notes about this event.
  5. Comment: Gives a comment regarding the event.

Phrases with Comment

  1. Comment Out
  2. No Comment
  3. to comment
  4. Public comment
  5. passing comment

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Comment

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Google previewCalifornia. Supreme Court. Records and Briefs

S027252, Answer to Amicus Curiae by California (State).

of failing to subject significant new information added to a revised final EIR to public comment is that the decisionmaker...

Google previewOracle in a Nutshell (2002)

A Desktop Quick Reference by Rick Greenwald, David C. Kreines

comment is a user comment.

Google previewOld and New Forces of Nature (2013)

by Antonio Zichichi

The first comment is that beside the perturbative sort of anomalies we have been talking about, we may also have...

Google previewRoutledge Handbook of Disability Law and Human Rights (2016)

by Peter Blanck, Eilionóir Flynn

The General Comment is the first major piece of work that defines impermissible ' substituted decision-making';. It defines substituted decision-making as systems where: 1) legal capacity is denied, 2) an outside decision-maker is imposed, and ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1903)

Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases

Comment on Written Instruments. — The admission of written instruments in evidence carries with it the right to comment on them. Home-Riverside Coal Min. Co. v. Fores, 64 Kan. 39. It is not improper for counsel for the defendant to comment ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work (2006)

by Melissa Hope Ditmore

General Comment No.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Toxicology (2005)

by Bruce Anderson, Ann de Peyster, Shayne C. Gad, P.J. Bert Hakkinen, Michael Kamrin, Betty Locey, Harihara M. Mehendale, Carey Pope, Lee Shugart

Table 2Common parametersof renal functionmonitored in invivostudies Clearanceoforganiccompounds; creatinine, urea,inulin, PAH, phenolred,TEA Comment: allows forthe determination of GFR or RBF (PAH) Urinaryvolume Comment: ...

Google previewRobert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English (2011)

A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with Commentary on Lexicographers and Linguists by Robert Hartwell Fiske

t ɨF TVTQFDU XIP JT XIJUF NBEF B EFSPHBUPSZ racial comment against Watson, who is black. Use racist. t " DJUZ QPMJDF officer is under internal investigation after being accused of making an inappropriate ...

Google previewA Dictionary of M?ori Computer Related Terms (2006)

English - M?ori

Comment: Recommended best practice is to identify the resource by means of a string or number conforming to a formal identification system. Example formal identification systems include the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) (including the ...

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Quotes about Comment

Well, I don't know if I can comment on Kant or Hegel because I'm no real philosopher in the sense of knowing what these people have said in any detail so let me not comment on that too much. (Roger Penrose)
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Scrabble value of C3O1M3M3E1N1T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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