[ kom-uhn-teyt ]
/ ˈkɒm ənˌteɪt /
verb (used with object), com·men·tat·ed, com·men·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), com·men·tat·ed, com·men·tat·ing.
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Origin of commentate
First recorded in 1785–95; back formation from commentator
historical usage of commentate
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.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH commentatecomment, commentate (see usage note at the current entry)
Words nearby commentate
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Example sentences from the Web for commentate
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British Dictionary definitions for commentate
/ (ˈkɒmənˌteɪt) /
(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
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