com·​men·​tate | \ ˈkä-mən-ˌtāt How to pronounce commentate (audio) \
commentated; commentating

Definition of commentate

intransitive verb

: to comment in a usually expository or interpretive manner also : to act as a commentator

Examples of commentate in a Sentence

He will be commentating on tomorrow night's game.
Recent Examples on the Web Zeller has agreed to commentate, but the 7-foot-1 novice gamer is flirting with the idea of playing. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "IU basketball alum Will Sheehey organizing NBA 2K tournament," 11 May 2020 Booker was commentating on an SEC Network game between Missouri and Arkansas. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "SEC commissioner, SEC Network condemn ESPN analyst for 'scantily clad girls' gymnastics comment," 10 Feb. 2020 When the club gathered Friday evening to hear George commentate the 2018 gold medal match, members — each wearing club T-shirts and mock gold medals around their necks — fired question after question at him, seeking to learn more from his expertise. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Derby City Curling Club hosts one of its inspirations, Olympic gold medalist Tyler George," 27 Jan. 2020 Get Tony Danza to commentate NBA Live in-character as Tony Micelli from Who's the Boss? Wired, "Republican Politicians Really Like Their Videogames Too," 6 Dec. 2019 After retiring as a player in 2001, Lagerwey got his start in broadcasting, commentating alongside Brad Feldman on Revolution games while attending Georgetown Law School., "Most read on," 6 Nov. 2019 When commentating on the Chicago Cubs for a radio station in Iowa, Ronald Reagan invented foul balls to fill the gaps when his live feed failed. The Economist, "Take me out of this ball game," 31 Oct. 2019 Tiki-taka was popularised on the commentary of an Aragones-era Spain game, Andres Montes using it when commentating on a 2006 World Cup game against Tunisia., "Luis Aragones: Spain's Most Important Manager, the Atleti Rock and the Modern Father of Tiki-Taka," 24 June 2019 Frawley had commentated on the AFL for Triple M, Fox Sports, SEN and the Nine Network and up until last year worked part-time as a defensive coach for St Kilda. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Danny Frawley, 'larger than life' AFL great, dies in car crash," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of commentate

1794, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for commentate

back-formation from commentator

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The first known use of commentate was in 1794

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“Commentate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of commentate

: to provide a description on a radio or television program of an event (such as a sports contest) as it is happening

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