supplied with or containing explanatory notes, textual comments, etc.: an annotated edition of Milton's poetry.

Origin of annotated

First recorded in 1800–10; annotate + -ed2
Related formsun·an·no·tat·ed, adjectivewell-an·no·tat·ed, adjective



verb (used with object), an·no·tat·ed, an·no·tat·ing.

to supply with critical or explanatory notes; comment upon in notes: to annotate the works of Shakespeare.

verb (used without object), an·no·tat·ed, an·no·tat·ing.

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 formsan·no·ta·tive, an·no·ta·to·ry [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/, adjectivean·no·ta·tor, nouno·ver·an·no·tate, verb, o·ver·an·no·tat·ed, o·ver·an·no·tat··an·no·tate, verb, re·an·no·tat·ed, re·an·no·tat·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of annotated

  • Goethe had sent it to him for his opinion, and Herder returned it marked and annotated.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • Annotated passages are identified in the body text with grey underlining.

  • Else, why have I refused the loan of many an annotated codex?


    George Eliot

  • When you go to church in France, you want to take your almanac with you—annotated.

    Mark Twain's Speeches

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Signed and annotated, you will see, by her Highness's own hand.

British Dictionary definitions for annotated



to supply (a written work, such as an ancient text) with critical or explanatory notes
Derived Formsannotatable, adjectiveannotative, adjectiveannotator, noun

Word Origin for annotate

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.

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