I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin commentum, from Latin, invention, from neuter of commentus, past participle of comminisci to invent, from com- + -minisci (akin to ment-, mens mind) — more at mind Date: 14th century 1. commentary 2. a note explaining, illustrating, or criticizing the meaning of a writing 3. a. an observation or remark expressing an opinion or attitude <
critical comments
b. a judgment expressed indirectly <
sees the film as a comment on modern values
II. verb Date: 15th century transitive verb to make a comment on <
the discovery…is hardly commented by the press — Nation
intransitive verb to explain or interpret something by comment <
commenting on recent developments

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • comment — com·ment n 1 often cap a: an essay analyzing, criticizing, or explaining a subject a comment published in the Yale Law Review b: an explanatory remark appended to a section of text (as of enacted code) 2: an expression of an opinion or attitude… …   Law dictionary

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  • Comment — Com ment (?; 277), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Commented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Commenting}.] [F. commenter, L. commentari to meditate upon, explain, v. intens. of comminisci, commentus, to reflect upon, invent; com + the root of meminisse to remember, mens …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Comment — Com ment, n. [Cf. OF. comment.] 1. A remark, observation, or criticism; gossip; discourse; talk. [1913 Webster] Their lavish comment when her name was named. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. A note or observation intended to explain, illustrate, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • comment — [käm′ent΄] n. [ME & OFr < L commentum, invention < commentus, pp. of comminisci, to contrive; devise < com , intens. + base of meminisse, to remember; akin to mens,MIND] 1. a) a note in explanation, criticism, or illustration of… …   English World dictionary

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