Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To add annotation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

Latin annotāre, annotāt-, to note down : ad-, ad- + notāre, to write (from nota, note; see gnō- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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

  • 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

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

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Laptops in Class Redux

  • 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

  • From its earliest beginnings Christian tradition has not ceased to annotate this verse, recognizing in it our first title of nobility and the foundation of our greatness.

    History

  • It is possible to annotate on the Kindle, but it requires the manipulation of the screen with a little joystick and then typing notes on a teeny keyboard.

    Pamela Newton: The Achilles Heel of the Kindle

  • Be sure to buy two copies — one to read and the other to annotate in the margin and submit to me if we reprint!

    Hi-de-ho hepcats or slang! « Haikasoru: Space Opera. Dark Fantasy. Hard Science.

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