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.
- (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
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to perceive; observe; notice
- a brief casually expressed thought or opinion; observation
- notice, comment, or observationthe event passed without remark
- engraving a variant spelling of remarque
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.