annotate

verb
an·​no·​tate | \ ˈa-nə-ˌtāt How to pronounce annotate (audio) \
annotated; annotating

Definition of annotate

intransitive verb

: to make or furnish critical or explanatory notes or comment

transitive verb

: to make or furnish annotations (see annotation sense 1) for (something, such as a literary work or subject) annotated his translation of Dante's Divine Comedy

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Other Words from annotate

annotative \ ˈa-​nə-​ˌtā-​tiv How to pronounce annotative (audio) \ adjective
annotator \ ˈa-​nə-​ˌtā-​tər How to pronounce annotator (audio) \ noun

Examples of annotate in a Sentence

He annotated the text at several places.

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And imaging data need to be annotated to be useful for analyses across many patients. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Researchers weigh in on Trump’s $500 million plan to share childhood cancer data," 5 Aug. 2019 The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in Alexa’s understanding of human speech and help it better respond to commands. Mark Gurman, Los Angeles Times, "Apple suspends listening to Siri queries amid privacy outcry," 2 Aug. 2019 The show features textile work by 10 contemporary artists (not incidentally, all women), each piece annotated with a few words about its relationship to something Albers practiced or taught. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "Long live Anni Albers: L.A. show pays homage to an overshadowed Bauhaus artist," 5 Aug. 2019 Modern software makes organizing and annotating them simpler, too. Mackenzie Smith, The Conversation, "University of California’s showdown with the biggest academic publisher aims to change scholarly publishing for good," 15 July 2019 Genius was founded in 2009 as Rap Genius and offered a crowdsourced platform for annotating hip-hop lyrics. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Genius Taps First Head of TV and Film," 1 July 2019 But the biggest difference is in the content itself, in the ways Sellen and his annotating colleagues write about music. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra program book editor Eric Sellen relishes role as musical liaison," 13 June 2019 Used in conjunction with national weather forecasts and models, the tool annotates forecasts with real-time conditions, which in turn helps to strengthen weather prediction models. Michelle Z. Donahue, National Geographic, "What is turbulence—and how can you calm down about it?," 12 June 2019 Chef Dylan McGrath leads the way here with a seasonal menu that’s part vegan, part gluten-free, part Whole 30, part keto—the menu is amply annotated with ingredient explanation, so there’s no ambiguity. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "There’s a Fresh Crop of Vegan Restaurants in Dublin," 15 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of annotate

1710, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for annotate

Latin annotatus, past participle of annotare, from ad- + notare to mark — more at note

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annotate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of annotate

: to add notes or comments to (a text, book, drawing, etc.)

annotate

verb
an·​no·​tate | \ ˈa-nə-ˌtāt How to pronounce annotate (audio) \
annotated; annotating

Legal Definition of annotate

intransitive verb

: to make or write an annotation

transitive verb

: to make or write annotations for

Other Words from annotate

annotator \ -​ˌtā-​tər How to pronounce annotator (audio) \ noun

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