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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.
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verb (used without object), an·no·tat·ed, an·no·tat·ing.
  1. to make annotations or notes.
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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·ing.re·an·no·tate, verb, re·an·no·tat·ed, re·an·no·tat·ing.
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Related Words for annotative

analytical, informative, supplementary, interpretive, exegetical, exegetic, explanative, explicative, hermeneutic, hermeneutical, illustrative, instructive, interpretative, annotative, clarifying, explicatory, informing, elucidative, expository, descriptive

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Historical Examples of annotative

  • Good specimen of the "annotative" style with a parenthetic comment.



British Dictionary definitions for annotative


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



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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