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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Nobel Peace Prize winner and recent university grad will curate and annotate selections through the platform Literati. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Women are finally reclaiming the ‘house dress’," 21 Aug. 2020 The state of Georgia’s annotated version of state law cannot be protected under copyright law and sold for more than $400 a copy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Supreme Court says Georgia must provide official code free to public," 28 Apr. 2020 There is a feeling of watching a writer so allergic to cliché now interrogating his own moves, annotating his own clichés with diligent, affectionate exasperation. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Wayne Koestenbaum’s Cerebral, Smutty Essays Playfully Disobey the Rules," 5 May 2020 Dozens of burials were scheduled in the coming days, each annotated in a dense, inky hand listing the name of the deceased and the cemetery: twenty-two interments on Thursday, twenty on Friday. The New Yorker, "at the epicenter of the pandemic.," 27 Apr. 2020 In a presentation at police headquarters, the chief walked through the footage, regularly pausing and annotating the footage on the screen to explain the officers’ actions. Dallas News, "Parents, police disagree over body-camera footage of UNT student’s fatal shooting," 6 Mar. 2020 Writer-director Conor McPherson dodges the clichés of the jukebox musical with this piercing tone poem set in Minnesota during the Great Depression and soulfully annotated with the songs of Bob Dylan. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "From 'Virginia Woolf' to Bob Dylan: 7 Highly Anticipated Spring Broadway Shows," 27 Feb. 2020 They were put out under the head official at the time, Zhu Hailun, who annotated and signed some personally. BostonGlobe.com, "Leaked documents reveal how China’s mass detention camps work - The Boston Globe," 25 Nov. 2019 Six CDs and a 200-page extensively annotated and illustrated book. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, "Grammy Nod to Folkways’ Pete Seeger Collection Is a Fitting Tribute," 13 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of annotate was in 1710

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24 Aug 2020

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“Annotate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/annotate. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for annotate

annotate

verb
How to pronounce annotate (audio)

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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