commentate

verb

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

Example Sentences

He will be commentating on tomorrow night's game.
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Word History

Etymology

back-formation from commentator

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of commentate was in 1794

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Cite this Entry

“Commentate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commentate. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

commentate

verb

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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