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[ri-mahrk] /rɪˈmɑrk/
verb (used with object)
to say casually, as in making a comment:
Someone remarked that tomorrow would be a warm day.
to note; perceive; observe:
I remarked a slight accent in her speech.
Obsolete. to mark distinctively.
verb (used without object)
to make a remark or observation (usually followed by on or upon):
He remarked on her amazing wit and intelligence.
the act of remarking; notice.
comment or mention:
to let a thing pass without remark.
a casual or brief expression of thought or opinion.
Fine Arts. remarque.
Origin of remark
1625-35; (v.) < French remarquer, Middle French, equivalent to re- re- + marquer to mark1; (noun) < French remarque, derivative of remarquer
Related forms
remarker, noun
unremarked, adjective
well-remarked, adjective
2. heed, regard, notice. 4. comment. 5. regard. 7. Remark, comment, note, observation imply giving special attention, an opinion, or a judgment. A remark is usually a casual and passing expression of opinion: a remark about a play. A comment expresses judgment or explains a particular point: a comment on the author's scholarship. A note is a memorandum or explanation, as in the margin of a page: a note explaining a passage. Observation suggests a comment based on judgment and experience: an observation on social behavior.
2. ignore. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for remark
  • Take the student's remark as a compliment or a mere observation, not a negative judgment.
  • It's much harder to laugh off a nasty remark when you lack job security or the face by your name is puke-green or sickly purple.
  • But there was one remark of his that echoes through the ages.
  • He was told that he had finished his career with that remark.
  • Perry's remark was quite factual and straight-forward.
  • Feel free to make your own sarcastic remark about forbidding hand sanitizers in hospitals.
  • The remark was greeted with groans even though it contained a lot of truth.
  • Maybe the article should have included a remark about how much money is spent on defense during peacetime.
  • My remark about half lives of mixtures still seems to me to be correct.
  • But the baroness's remark is stronger on grandeur than candour.
British Dictionary definitions for remark


when intr, often foll by on or upon; when tr, may take a clause as object. to pass a casual comment (about); reflect in informal speech or writing
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to perceive; observe; notice
a brief casually expressed thought or opinion; observation
notice, comment, or observation: the event passed without remark
(engraving) a variant spelling of remarque
Derived Forms
remarker, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Old French remarquer to observe, from re- + marquer to note, mark1


a mark in the margin of an engraved plate to indicate the stage of production of the plate. It is removed before the plate is finished
a plate so marked
a print or proof from a plate so marked
Word Origin
C19: from French; see remark
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Word Origin and History for remark

1630s, "to mark out, distinguish" modeled on French remarquer "to mark, note, heed," formed in Middle French from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + marquer "to mark," probably from a Germanic source, cf. Old High German marchon "to delimit" (see mark (n.1)).

Meaning "take notice of" is from 1670s; that of "make a comment" is first attested 1690s, from notion of "make a verbal observation" or "call attention to specific points." Related: Remarked; remarking.


1650s, "act of noticing; fact of being worthy of comment," from remark (v.). Meaning "a notice or comment" is from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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