Definition of statement in English:

statement

Syllabification: state·ment
Pronunciation: /ˈstātmənt
 
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noun

  • 1A definite or clear expression of something in speech or writing: do you agree with this statement? this is correct as a statement of fact
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    • It's not necessarily a warning, it's just a clear statement of fact and principle that we're going after them.
    • We have his clear statements of specific actions to take to make this city a better place.
    • The research questions are answered in sequential order, with a clear statement for each question.
    Synonyms
    declaration, expression of views/facts, affirmation, assertion, announcement, utterance, communication, proclamation, presentation, expounding; account, testimony, evidence, report, bulletin, communiqué
  • 1.1An official account of facts, views, or plans, especially one for release to the media: the officials issued a joint statement calling for negotiations
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    • The report and the accompanying media release and other statements are here.
    • The next day, she released a statement to the media that reaffirmed her testimony.
    • ‘It will therefore serve a better purpose to issue official statements for media consumption,’ Bernama quoted him as saying.
  • 1.2A formal account of events given by a witness, defendant, or other party to the police or in a court of law: she made a statement to the police
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    • A witness [H] made a statement to the police in which he says [A] admitted to him that he had given your brother heroin.
    • The said witness gave a statement to the police as well as testimony at trial.
    • I reported this to the police and I made a statement describing the events.
  • 1.3An expression of an attitude or belief that is made by means of actions or appearance: the hope is that they will fill the stands and terraces to make a statement about the importance of this club a tattoo can be more than just a fashion statement-it has potential medical value
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    • This film seems to be making a statement about the tyranny of the majority and how those who are considered different are ostracised.
    • It seems to have become a fashion statement to carry a chihuahua around in one's purse like a tube of lipstick.
    • It was at first assumed that the 68-year-old premier was trying to make some bizarre fashion statement.
  • 1.4 [as modifier] Denoting something, such as a visually striking piece of jewelry, clothing, or interior decoration, that is intended to convey a particular attitude or image: pure white walls and floors allow her statement furniture to take center stage she accessorized with a dazzling orange scarf and a statement necklace
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    • Moulded from polyethylene in three colours - anthracite grey, white and silver grey - these chairs are great statement pieces for the roof terrace, garden room and poolside.
    • All jetsetters need a pair of statement sunglasses.
    • Her silver metallic clutch and simple approach to accessorizing let the bold red statement dress stand on its own.
  • 1.5A document setting out items of debit and credit between a bank or other organization and a customer.
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    • Always monitor your monthly billing statements and credit reports, and shred any documents that contain personal information.
    • The only exception to this attitude would be that I do check my bank and credit card statements.
    • Ms Smith wants to know how long should she keep her bank and credit card statements for.
  • 1.6The expression of an idea or opinion through something other than words: their humorous kitschiness makes a statement of serious wealth
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    • The idea of a comedy to make a profound social statement is a wonderful idea.
    • If you want to make a serious political statement, write a book or a newspaper column or something.
    • Give these guys the Mercury Prize, and do they sit down fretting about making some kind of serious statement?
  • 1.7 Music The occurrence of a musical idea or motive within a composition: a carefully structured musical and dramatic progression from the first statement of this theme
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    • He tended to change the theme in its successive statements, so that the principal subject of a rondo would never appear the same twice.
    • The outer movements are astringent, hard driving musical statements.
    • One hears the fullest statement of the Dowland song, with its original harmonies, at the end.

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