To comment is to state your opinion or make a remark on something. Of course, it's good to know when to hold your tongue. Comment on the latest movie? No problem. Comment on the annoying airport security measures while having your baggage checked? Better not.

A written explanation or criticism is a comment. Your teacher's comments on your paper may thrill you when you do excellent work or unnerve you when you receive the message, "See me!" If you state your opinion, this is also a comment. Politicians talking to the press are fond of the statement, "No comment," which means they don't want to express an opinion — or more likely, they don't want to get in trouble.

Definitions of comment

n a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information

“from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account”
input, remark
Parkinson's law
C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that the number of subordinates in an organization will increase linearly regardless of the amount of work to be done
Parkinson's law
C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that work will expand so as to fill the time available for its completion
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remark made spontaneously without prior preparation
a courteous or respectful or considerate remark
gambit, ploy
an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker
obiter dictum, passing comment
an incidental remark
mention, reference
a remark that calls attention to something or someone
observation, reflection, reflexion
a remark expressing careful consideration
a teasing remark
crack, quip, sally, wisecrack
witty remark
barb, dig, gibe, jibe, shaft, shot, slam
an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
conversation stopper, stopper
a remark to which there is no polite conversational reply
banality, bromide, cliche, commonplace, platitude
a trite or obvious remark
a striking or amusing or caustic remark
passing reference or indirect mention
reference to things past
the practice of casually mentioning important people in order to impress your listener
cheap shot
an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person
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a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

n a written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material

“he wrote an extended comment on the proposal”
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(Judaism) 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 (usually added)
poste restante
a notation written on mail that is to be held at the post office until called for (not in the United States or Canada)
acknowledgment, citation, cite, credit, mention, quotation, reference
a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
footer, footnote
a printed note placed below the text on a printed page
N.B., NB, nota bene
a Latin phrase (or its abbreviation) used to indicate that special attention should be paid to something
PS, postscript
a note appended to a letter after the signature
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a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

n a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people

gossip, scuttlebutt
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an outpouring of gossip
hearsay, rumor, rumour
gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth
grapevine, pipeline, word of mouth
gossip spread by spoken communication
dirt, malicious gossip, scandal
disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people
talk, talk of the town
idle gossip or rumor
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account, report
the act of informing by verbal report

v make or write a comment on

“he commented the paper of his colleague”
notice, point out, remark
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criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
make a comment, usually ironic
kibbitz, kibitz
make unwanted and intrusive comments
censure, criminate, reprimand
rebuke formally
blast, crucify, pillory, savage
criticize harshly or violently
admonish, reprove
take to task
bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce
censure severely or angrily
express strong disapproval of
express strong disapproval of
belabor, belabour
attack verbally with harsh criticism
come down
criticize or reprimand harshly
speak out against
blame, find fault, pick
harass with constant criticism
belittle, disparage, pick at
express a negative opinion of
be overly critical; criticize minor details
assail, assault, attack, lash out, round, snipe
attack in speech or writing
harsh on
criticize harshly
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mention, note, observe, remark
make mention of

v explain or interpret something

evaluate or criticize with hindsight
DJ, disc-jockey, disk-jockey
comment on music to be played
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explain, explicate
make plain and comprehensible

v provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases

annotate, gloss
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interpret, rede
give an interpretation or explanation to

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