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

transitive verb

: to give a commentary on

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 Brady will begin commentating on NFL games in the upcoming 2024-25 season. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 11 Apr. 2024 Rivers is part of the network's lead commentating team, alongside Mike Breen and Doris Burke. USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2024 Charles skipped his commentating job for the NBA's All-Star Weekend to escort her. Emy Lacroix, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2024 Romo first mistook Swift for Travis' wife while commentating on the Chiefs' Dec. 10 game against the Buffalo Bills at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 29 Jan. 2024 But that didn’t stop him from continuing to commentate on Congress. Dominic Pino, National Review, 20 Jan. 2024 The shows are currently commentated by Tony Dunst and Vince Van Patten along with anchor Lynn Gilmartin. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Fans can regularly see them on television, hosting events, commentating on football games and being the spokespeople for various businesses. Jacklyn Krol, Peoplemag, 19 Aug. 2023 The show features Peyton and Eli commentating and analyzing plays, along with inviting guest commentators on the show. Jacklyn Krol, Peoplemag, 19 Aug. 2023

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Word History


back-formation from commentator

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of commentate was in 1794

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Cite this Entry

“Commentate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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com·​men·​tate ˈkäm-ən-ˌtāt How to pronounce commentate (audio)
: to give a commentary on : to act as a commentator

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