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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒm.ɛnt/, [ˈkʰɒm.ɛnt]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɑmɛnt/, [ˈkʰɑmɛnt]
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Etymology 1

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From Middle English coment, comment, from Old French coment (commentary), from Late Latin commentum (comment, interpretation), from Classical Latin commentum (invention, fabrication).

Noun

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comment (countable and uncountable, plural comments)

  1. A spoken or written remark.
    I have no comment on that.
    Pay attention to the teacher's comments in the margin of your marked essay.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC:
      “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; and she looked it, always trim and trig and smooth of surface like a converted yacht cleared for action.
    • 2015 November 30, Shane O'Mara, Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation[1], Harvard University Press, →ISBN, page 12:
      Santorum, in a comment regarding Senator John McCain's repudiation of torture, stated, "He doesn't understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they've broken they become cooperative" (Summers 2011).
  2. (uncountable) The act of commenting.
  3. (linguistics) The part of a sentence that provides new information regarding the current theme.
    Synonym: rheme
  4. (programming) A remark embedded in source code in such a way that it will be ignored by the compiler or interpreter, typically to help people to understand the code.
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Descendants
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  • Armenian: քոմենթ (kʻomentʻ)
  • Japanese: コメント (komento)
  • Korean: 코멘트 (komenteu)
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Etymology 2

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From Middle English commenten, comenten, from Latin commentārī (to consider thoroughly, think over, discuss, write upon).

Verb

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comment (third-person singular simple present comments, present participle commenting, simple past and past participle commented)

  1. (transitive) To remark.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC:
      “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      "A fine man, that Dunwody, yonder," commented the young captain, as they parted, and as he turned to his prisoner. "We'll see him on in Washington some day. He is strengthening his forces now against Mr. Benton out there. []."
    • 2003 July 5, Pierre Salinger, ABC News, “Analysis: Top film choices”, in NPR_Saturday:
      I think Mamet always comments that commerce really comes down to just a confidence game
    • 2009 Winter, John M. Kang, “Manliness and the Constitution”, in Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, volume 32, number 1, page 261:
      As Cambridge historian Mervyn James commented, "silly quarrels escalated into battles in the streets."
  2. (intransitive, with "on" or "about") To make remarks or notes.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To comment or remark on.
    • 1677, Lancelot Addison, A Modest Plea for the Clergy:
      [] who have expounded Scripture out of its Senses, and have so Commented the Laws thereof
  4. (transitive, software, of code) To insert comments into (source code).
    I wish I'd commented this complicated algorithm back when I remembered how it worked.
  5. (transitive, software, of code) To comment out (code); to disable by converting into a comment.
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French

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Etymology

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From Old French coment.

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Adverb

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comment

  1. how
    Comment te sens-tu ?How do you feel?

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Middle French

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Alternative forms

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  • cõment

Adverb

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comment

  1. how (in a given manner)
  2. (interrogative) how (in what manner)

Old French

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Adverb

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comment

  1. Alternative form of comant

Portuguese

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Etymology

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Unadapted borrowing from English comment.

Noun

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comment m (plural comments)

  1. (Internet slang) comment, remark
    Synonym: comentário