[ an-uh-teyt ]
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verb (used with object),an·no·tat·ed, an·no·tat·ing.
  1. 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.
  1. to make annotations or notes.

Origin of annotate

First recorded in 1725–35; from Latin annotātus “marked down,” past participle of annotāre “to mark down,” from an- an-2 + notāre “to mark” (see note)

Other words from annotate

  • an·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/, adjective
  • an·no·ta·tor, noun
  • o·ver·an·no·tate, verb, o·ver·an·no·tat·ed, o·ver·an·no·tat·ing.
  • re·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. 2024

How to use annotate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for annotate


/ (ˈænəʊˌteɪt, ˈænə-) /

  1. to supply (a written work, such as an ancient text) with critical or explanatory notes

Origin of annotate

C18: from Latin annotāre, from nota mark

Derived forms of annotate

  • annotatable, adjective
  • annotative, adjective
  • annotator, noun

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