Origin of commentate
First recorded in 1785–95; back formation from commentator
Since the late 18th century, commentate has been used transitively with the meaning “to annotate” and, since the mid 19th, intransitively with the meaning “to make explanatory or critical comments.” These uses are now rare. Recently, commentate has developed the additional transitive sense “to deliver a commentary on” and the intransitive sense “to serve as a commentator.” These uses are occasionally criticized as journalistic jargon.
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Examples from the Web for commentate
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Alex Chancey, Ben Teitelbaum
May 7, 2014
- (intr) to serve as a commentator
- (tr) US to make a commentary on (a text, event, etc)
The verb commentate, derived from commentator, is sometimes used as a synonym for comment on or provide a commentary for. It is not yet fully accepted as standard, though widespread in sports reporting and journalism
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Word Origin and History for commentate
1794, "to comment," back-formation from commentator. Meaning "to deliver commentary" is attested from 1939 (implied in commentating). Related: Commentated; commentating.
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