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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
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  • He read industriously for some time, occasionally pausing to annotate; and once or twice he raised his head and listened.

    Macaria Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
  • To annotate it in detail would be to spoil its completeness.

  • His curiosity turning to admiration, he began to translate and annotate the most striking treatises that fell into his hands.

  • Mrs. Ansell left it to her tone to annotate the announcement.

    The Fruit of the Tree Edith Wharton
  • I proceeded to annotate Jill's mischievous remarks with much severity.

    Uncle Max Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • I read them through, turn the pages lightly, annotate them, learn them by heart.

    The Dangerous Age Karin Michalis
  • It can hardly be necessary to annotate the well-known characters of 'the twins' that Stanley introduces.

  • A survivor to-day might annotate "Et quel quelqu'un quelquefois!"

  • Did J—— keep his copy of the book, I wonder, and did he annotate it with lively commentary of his own?

    Plum Pudding Christopher Morley
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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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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