Meaning of STATEMENT in English

I. ˈstātmənt noun

( -s )

Etymology: state (II) + -ment

1. : the act or process of stating, reciting, or presenting orally or on paper

the statement of a case

strive … for economy of statement — R.M.Coates

permits an uninterrupted statement of the argument — British Book News

2. : something stated: as

a. : a report or narrative (as of facts, events, or opinions) : account , recital

take a suspect's statement

b. : a single declaration or remark : allegation , assertion

his statements were generally accepted at face value — Edith Diehl

3. : proposition 3a


a. : the part of a declaration in a common law action that gives the facts on which the cause of action is based

b. : a formal declaration required by law or made in the course of some official proceeding (as a statement of a witness or of a position of a state in a diplomatic proceeding)


a. : a work of art (as in painting, music, or literature) or a part or an aspect of such a work that expresses most clearly and forcefully a theme, basic idea, or intention of the artist

demands that the whole play shall be conceived and composed as statement — F.R.Leavis

this was cubism's last influential statement — Janet Flanner

b. : the enunciation of a theme in a musical composition

the initial musical statement and … its melodic, rhythmic, and polyphonic deployment — P.H.Lang

6. : a financial record or accounting

a statement of expenses

a United States income tax withholding statement

specifically : a summary of an account showing the balance as of the beginning of, the credits and debts made during, and the balance due as of the end of the accounting period

II. noun

1. : an opinion or message conveyed indirectly usually by nonverbal means

more than any other garment, the suit makes a statement — advt

2. : an instruction in a computer program

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.