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commentate

[ kom-uhn-teyt ]
/ 藞k蓲m 蓹n藢te瑟t /
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verb (used with object), com路men路tat路ed, com路men路tat路ing.
to deliver a commentary on: to commentate a fashion show.
to write a commentary on; annotate: to commentate the Book of Job.
verb (used without object), com路men路tat路ed, com路men路tat路ing.
to serve as a commentator: The senior staff member will commentate, as usual.
to make explanatory or critical comments, as upon a text: the manuscript on which I am commentating.
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Origin of commentate

First recorded in 1785鈥95; back formation from commentator

historical usage of commentate

Since the late 18th century, commentate has been used transitively with the meaning 鈥渢o annotate鈥 and, since the mid 19th, intransitively with the meaning 鈥渢o make explanatory or critical comments.鈥 These uses are now rare. Recently, commentate has developed the additional transitive sense 鈥渢o deliver a commentary on鈥 and the intransitive sense 鈥渢o serve as a commentator.鈥 These uses are occasionally criticized as journalistic jargon.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH commentate

comment, commentate (see usage note at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for commentate

commentate
/ (藞k蓲m蓹n藢te瑟t) /

verb
(intr) to serve as a commentator
(tr) US to make a commentary on (a text, event, etc)

usage for commentate

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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