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

Definition of commentate

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.

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Thursday, Aldi will commentate the occasion with grand-opening events that include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m and giveaways. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aldi opens second San Diego store in Mira Mesa," 6 June 2019 Sports journalists in several countries marked milestones in Moscow, becoming the first to commentate live men’s matches on television. Siobhan Morrin, Time, "Female Sports Reporters Are Blowing the Whistle on Sexist Behavior at the World Cup," 3 July 2018 Wills is usually a spectator, commentating on the show only with his facial expressions. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 4 Recap: Two Rose Ceremonies, One Clown," 19 June 2018 Cavnar earned stints at CSTV (now CBS Sports Network) as a college football sideline reporter, at WJRT in Flint, Michigan, and ESPN commentating on cheerleading championships. Scooby Axson,, "Meet the Rockies' Barrier-Breaking Play-by-Play Announcer: Jenny Cavnar," 18 May 2018 Yes, after being retired for three years, happily settled into full-time motherhood with an occasional gig commentating for ESPN and Pac-12 Network, Lawrie-Locke is making a comeback. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Husky legend Danielle Lawrie pitching again with hopes of making the 2020 Olympics," 12 May 2018 From covering Super Bowls to co-commentating The Bachelor Winter Games with Chris Harrison, Hannah Storm has done it all. Brianne Tracy,, "Hannah Storm Opens Up About Her 'Difficult Recovery' 5 Years After Horrific Burn Accident," 22 Feb. 2018 Crowned world champion in 1982, the eighth-dan judoka today spends her time coaching and commentating around the world. Loretta Cusack-doyle, CNN, "Loretta Cusack-Doyle: What judo can teach us about life," 26 Apr. 2018 To then commentate World Cups and not be a part of it, that was a much greater pool of races for me. Dan Gartland,, "Bode Miller Q&A: His Thoughts on the 2018 Olympics, His New Job as a Broadcaster and More," 2 Feb. 2018

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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