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[an-uh-tey-tid] /ˈæn əˌteɪ tɪd/
supplied with or containing explanatory notes, textual comments, etc.:
an annotated edition of Milton's poetry.
Origin of annotated
1800-10; annotate + -ed2
Related forms
unannotated, adjective
well-annotated, adjective


[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.
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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  • Above all, he was a great mathematician, and was then preparing an annotated edition of Vitruvius, which was afterwards published.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • annotated passages are identified in the body text with grey underlining.

  • Each was annotated in ink in a language strange to him--probably Hungarian, he reflected.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • M. Libris annotated catalogues of 1859-62 set the new fashion.

    Prices of Books Henry B. Wheatley
  • This he marked and annotated, and so we are able to trace the affinity in considerable detail.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
British Dictionary definitions for annotated


/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
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Word Origin and History for annotated



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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