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 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 Blake, who has been retired from the ATP Tour for six years, was at the U.S. Open last week and had just finished commentating on a Roger Federer match but was looking forward to coming to New Haven to play. Lori Riley,, "James Blake, Andy Roddick to headline legends matches Saturday at Yale Tennis Center," 3 Sep. 2019 Wagner is 28 now, no longer competing but still a top skating show performer while commentating on her sport on TV and speaking at skating seminars. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Ashley Wagner took on controversial topics before speaking out about sexual assault," 1 Aug. 2019 Besides the comical absurdity and the obvious appeal of Steph, Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore commentate the tournament and add another level of hilarity, say fans. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steph Curry Had a Lot of People Hating on His New 'Holey Moley' Golf Show," 27 June 2019 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

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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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12 Oct 2019

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The first known use of commentate was in 1794

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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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