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statement Line breaks: state|ment
Pronunciation: /ˈsteɪtm(ə)nt/

Definition of statement in English:


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 [mass noun]: Minton’s love of clear statement
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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.
declaration, expression of views/facts, affirmation, assertion, announcement, utterance, communication;
revelation, disclosure, divulgence, pronouncement, recitation, articulation, proclamation, presentation, expounding, explanation, promulgation;
account, testimony, evidence, report, bulletin, communiqué
1.1An official account of facts, views, or plans, especially one for release to the media: the ministers 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 jewellery, clothing, or interior decoration, that is intended to convey a particular attitude or image: she accessorized with a dazzling orange scarf and a statement necklace pure white walls and floors allow her statement furniture to take centre stage
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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.
1.5(In the UK) an official assessment made by a local education authority concerning a child’s special educational needs: children with statements of special educational needs
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  • For these children, the local authority draws up a statement of special educational needs, which in most cases provides extra help of some kind in the school.
  • The Devizes area unit is based at Wansdyke School but all pupils who go the unit have to have a statement of special educational needs from the county council.
  • Then we have the secondary schools, such as Erith, who admit those with academic abilities that may be high but, more often as not, are average or with statements of educational needs.
2A document setting out items of debit and credit between a bank or other organization and a customer: you’ll have your own account with a monthly statement
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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.
3 Music A presentation of a theme or melody within a composition.
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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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Officially assess (a child) as having special educational needs: (as adjective statemented) a reassessment of statemented children (as noun statementing) the LEAs' differing policies on statementing
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  • ‘The LEA has brought the numbers down by stealth, by not statementing children,’ he said.
  • I've even taught the syllabus to statemented children - they might not get A grades but they still get an awful lot out of it.
  • Education Bradford said: ‘We are working with Kyle's family, the school, and others who care for him, to assess his needs and decide whether or not he should be statemented, following a request from his auntie.’

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