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[an-uh-teyt] /ˈæn əˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), annotated, annotating.
to supply with critical or explanatory notes; comment upon in notes:
to annotate the works of Shakespeare.
verb (used without object), annotated, annotating.
to make annotations or notes.
Origin of annotate
1725-35; < Latin annotātus noted down (past participle of annotāre), equivalent to an- an-2 + notātus noted, marked; see note, -ate1
Related forms
annotative, annotatory
[an-uh-tey-tuh-ree, -tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, uh-noh-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈæn əˌteɪ tə ri, -təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, əˈnoʊ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
annotator, noun
overannotate, verb, overannotated, overannotating.
reannotate, verb, reannotated, reannotating. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for annotate
  • While she talked, Life's camera recorded a series of her expressions which annotate the headaches and humors of show business.
  • They would examine and annotate shared databases, and perform experiments.
  • Consumers can cut and paste, annotate and bookmark their texts.
  • You can scribble and annotate, fold it or tear strips off and rearrange them.
  • With some ereaders, it's possible to annotate and higlight text, then transfer those annotations and highlights to a computer.
  • Students can annotate them, and professors can add to and control the content.
  • The charming host works the room, stopping at each table to annotate the menu, make suggestions and admire the food.
  • The smart students print them in advance and annotate them in lecture.
  • While writing my dissertation, I began to use footnotes extensively to annotate and elaborate on my text.
  • But in principle users could collaboratively annotate the entire physical world-and even other people.
British Dictionary definitions for annotate


/ˈænəʊˌteɪt; ˈænə-/
to supply (a written work, such as an ancient text) with critical or explanatory notes
Derived Forms
annotatable, adjective
annotative, adjective
annotator, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin annotāre, from nota mark
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for annotate

1733, from Latin annotatus, past participle of annotare "to note down" (see annotation). Related: Annotated; annotating. Not in Johnson's "Dictionary," but used therein in defining comment. Form annote is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Annotated; annotating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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annotate in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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