Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To furnish (a literary work) with critical commentary or explanatory notes; gloss.
  • intransitive verb To gloss a text.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To comment upon; remark upon in notes: as, to annotate the works of Bacon.
  • To act as an annotator; make annotations or notes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To make notes or comments; -- with on or upon.
  • transitive verb To explain or criticize by notes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To add annotation

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases
  • verb add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin annotāre, annotāt-, to note down : ad-, ad- + notāre, to write (from nota, note; see gnō- in Indo-European roots).]

Examples

  • We all know that annotation requires such rigor of selection that one might say that to annotate is to omit.

    Naming the Dying Lady

  • You can take the very best teachers and kind of annotate it, have it so everyone sees who is the very best at teaching this stuff.

    Bill Gates unplugged

  • You can take the very best teachers and kind of annotate it, have it so everyone sees who is the very best at teaching this stuff.

    Bill Gates unplugged

  • You can take the very best teachers and kind of annotate it, have it so everyone sees who is the very best at teaching this stuff.

    Bill Gates unplugged

  • Gilbert and Quinn have whipped up a sweet little Blosxom plug-in for annotating blog entry: if you have a link that you think should be added to a Blosxom post, you click the "annotate" link, select the word from the post that you want to footnote, enter the link, and click submit -- voila, annotated post.

    Boing Boing: April 13, 2003 - April 19, 2003 Archives

  • As well there's an "[annotate]" button allowing the viewer to add text commentary about a particular case annotation.

    Slaw

  • Sophisticated File Viewers Some apps for the iPad let you store large numbers of different types of files, view them and even annotate them.

    In and Out Of Office: Putting iPads To Work

  • To learn virtually first-hand about the places his characters traveled, visualize, annotate, share their impressions and experiences, and ideally be inspired to show off their own world (both real and imagined) using similar (or what the heck, altogether different!) tools and techniques.

    co-creating futures

  • To learn virtually first-hand about the places his characters traveled, visualize, annotate, share their impressions and experiences, and ideally be inspired to show off their own world (both real and imagined) using similar (or what the heck, altogether different!) tools and techniques.

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  • All you have to do is annotate what you have already written.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Laptops in Class Redux

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