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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.
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 remarks
  • Quoted phrases from their remarks suggest the thinking behind the scores.
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  • The president was up and quickly down with his dedicatory remarks in a few short minutes.
  • His reluctance to make definitive public statements on the secession crisis was an ongoing theme in his remarks on this journey.
  • Which is why you're hearing these derogatory remarks.
  • Not for us to take dominion over other people by scathing remarks.
  • The snide remarks about our postal service are uncalled for.
  • The remarks made in the article concerning the decorative elements on the two figures on the right seem to me to be irrelevant.
  • My thought is no, those off the cuff remarks are inappropriate.
  • If you're interrupted before you've finished your planned remarks, that's success, not failure.
British Dictionary definitions for remarks


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
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Word Origin and History for remarks



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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