com·​men·​ta·​tor | \ ˈkä-mən-ˌtā-tər How to pronounce commentator (audio) \

Definition of commentator

: one who provides commentary: such as
a : one who reports and discusses news (as on television)
b : a sportscaster who provides commentary during live events a color commentator

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Some legal commentators condemned Truth Aquatics for filing its petition with the court last week while the disaster so fresh. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, "High-stakes legal battle looms in California boat fire that killed 34," 9 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, some commentators are arguing that Johnson may have played his hand too soon. David Meyer, Fortune, "Boris Johnson’s Latest Ploy Prompts Political Chaos That’s Extreme Even By Brexit Standards," 29 Aug. 2019 Some commentators argue that China’s $1.2 trillion in bond holdings might prevent America from pursuing this decoupling, but the large headline number is misleading. Benjamin Studebaker, The New Republic, "The Real Stakes of Trump’s Trade War With China," 27 Aug. 2019 Trump's racial rhetoric has even inspired a conversion experience among some conservative white commentators like Joe Scarborough and Max Boot. John Blake, CNN, "Trump is doing what Obama couldn't," 23 Aug. 2019 Many commentators have characterized the law as an austere but reasonable sanction: At the time of the policy’s adoption, China’s government forecast widespread famine as the country’s population neared 1 billion people. Brandon Yu, The Atlantic, "One Child Nation Paints a Harrowing Picture of an Infamous Policy," 13 Aug. 2019 But there is an unsettling asymmetry in the way some commentators are attributing culpability. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "What We Can, and Can’t, Glean from the Dayton Shooter’s Online Behavior," 5 Aug. 2019 Many commentators wildly exaggerate how fast driverless cars will put taxis out of business, or that doctors will be replaced by AI diagnostics. Geoff Mulgan, Quartz at Work, "We need to retrain workers—not rescrew them," 23 July 2019 Many commentators also observed that Darroch's reportage was not that different from what could be read in almost any U.S. newspaper. William Booth, Anchorage Daily News, "Britain to apologize for leaked cables calling Trump ‘inept’," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of commentator

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of commentator

: a person who discusses important people and events on television, in newspapers, etc.
: a person who provides a description on a radio or television program of an event (such as a sports contest) as it is happening


com·​men·​ta·​tor | \ ˈkä-mən-ˌtā-tər How to pronounce commentator (audio) \

Kids Definition of commentator

: a person who describes or analyzes a news, sports, or entertainment event (as over radio or on television)

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