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[an-uh-tey-shuh n] /ˌæn əˈteɪ ʃən/
a critical or explanatory note or body of notes added to a text.
the act of annotating.
note (def 1).
Abbreviation: annot.
Origin of annotation
1425-75; < Latin annotātiōn- (stem of annotātiō). See annotate, -ion
Related forms
reannotation, noun Unabridged
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  • The video camera, with its sound track for verbal annotations and its date-and-time log, is becoming one of his favorite tools.
  • Furthermore, the device allows for convenient zooming and annotations with a stylus.
  • Even the annotations at the back of the book are fascinating.
  • But supplemented by annotations that explain back-stories, the book is more capacious than the feed.
  • Little flourishes and annotations make paging through his drawings a delight.
  • If other professors pick up the casebook, they can add their own annotations and see the annotations made by their colleagues.
  • My ballot-not of my preferences but of my predictions-is below, with my picks in italics, along with some annotations.
  • Also: the turned-down corners where someone paused, the annotations and underlines.
  • Your notes, highlights, and annotations follow you as you go.
  • It needn't pay for spontaneously created annotations.
British Dictionary definitions for annotations


/ˌænəʊˈteɪʃən; ˌænə-/
the act of annotating
a note added in explanation, etc, esp of some literary work
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Word Origin and History for annotations



mid-15c., from Latin annotationem (nominative annotatio), noun of action from past participle stem of annotare "to add notes to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + notare "to note, mark" (see note (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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