Meaning of STATEMENT in English


I. state ‧ ment 1 S2 W1 /ˈsteɪtmənt/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ state , ↑ understate ≠ ↑ overstate ; noun : ↑ statement , ↑ understatement ≠ ↑ overstatement ; adjective : ↑ understated ≠ OVERSTATED ]

1 . [countable] something you say or write, especially publicly or officially, to let people know your intentions or opinions, or to record facts:

In an official statement, she formally announced her resignation.

statement on/about

the Prime Minister’s recent statements on Europe

2 . [countable] a record showing amounts of money paid, received, owed etc:

the company’s annual financial statements

I haven’t received my bank statement for last month yet.

3 . [countable] something you do, make, wear etc that causes people to have a certain opinion about you:

The type of car you drive makes a statement about you.

a fashion statement

4 . [uncountable] formal the act of expressing something in words:

presentation and clarity of statement

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■ verbs

▪ make a statement (=say something, especially in public)

The minister will make a statement on the matter tomorrow.

▪ give a statement (=make a statement, especially to the police)

He gave a statement to the police.

▪ issue/release/put out a statement (=give a written statement to newspapers, TV etc)

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a short statement saying the meeting was ‘useful’.

▪ take/get a statement from somebody

I asked the police why they didn’t take a statement from me four years ago.

▪ withdraw your statement (=say that a statement you gave is not true)

She later withdrew her statement.

■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + statement

▪ a short/brief statement

Police last night issued a brief statement about the incident.

▪ a clear statement (=giving an opinion clearly)

The article was a clear statement of his beliefs.

▪ a sweeping statement (=one that is too general)

Researchers do not want to make any sweeping statements at this stage.

▪ a false/misleading statement (=one that is not true)

She is accused of making false statements to obtain a passport.

▪ an official statement

The company is expected to make an official statement tomorrow.

▪ a formal statement (=one you must sign to show that it is true)

You will be asked to make a formal statement.

▪ a public statement (=one made in public)

We will be making no public statements about the matter.

▪ a written statement

One neighbour said in a written statement that she often heard a baby ‘crying for help’.

▪ a prepared statement (=one that is prepared and then read out)

His solicitor read a prepared statement on his behalf.

▪ a sworn statement (=one that you officially promise is true)

The reports were based on sworn statements of graduates of the terrorist training camp.

▪ a policy statement (=one that explains a government policy)

In his first major policy statement to Parliament he promised to end corruption in public life.

▪ a mission statement (=one in which an organization states its aims)

The role of a mission statement is to focus on the purpose of the organization.

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▪ statement something that someone says or writes publicly in order to tell people what they intend to do, what their opinion is etc:

The President will make a statement to the press this afternoon.

▪ announcement a public or official statement telling people what has happened or what will happen:

The announcement was heard by millions of radio listeners this morning.


The company made an announcement yesterday that Rogers has resigned as managing director.

▪ declaration an important official statement, especially about what a government or organization intends to do:

On the 19th of July a declaration of war was delivered in Berlin.


Independence Hall is where the delegates met to sign the Declaration of Independence and write the Constitution.

▪ press release an official statement giving information to the newspapers, radio, or television:

The singer issued a press release saying that she was too ill to continue with the tour.

▪ testimony a formal statement saying that something is true, especially one a witness makes in a court of law:

The testimony of the two arresting officers was an important part of the prosecution case.


The jury based their decision almost entirely on the testimony of one witness.

▪ affidavit law a written statement that you swear is true, for use as proof in a court of law:

A prison doctor who treated the accused sent an affidavit about his mental state.

II. statement 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

British English if an education authority statements a child who has special educational needs, they give a school additional money to help teach that child

III. statement 3 BrE AmE adjective [only before noun]

statement pieces of jewellery, shoes etc are very noticeable and impressive - used especially in magazines

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.