is an unsurprising back-formation from the noun commentator. It is first recorded as a rare word from the late 18c in the general sense ‘to comment’, and was revived in its current use in sports broadcasting in the 1950s, when a more definite word than comment was needed

• (During his career he commentated on 202 classic races —BBC Sport, 2005).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Commentate — Com men*tate, v. t. & i. [L. commentatus, p. p. of commentari to meditate.] To write comments or notes upon; to make comments. [R.] [1913 Webster] Commentate upon it, and return it enriched. Lamb. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • commentate — index elucidate, expound Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • commentate — 1794, to comment, back formation from COMMENTATOR (Cf. commentator). Meaning to deliver commentary is attested from 1939 (implied in commentating) …   Etymology dictionary

  • commentate — vb comment, *remark, animadvert Analogous words: see those at COMMENT vb …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • commentate — ► VERB ▪ provide a commentary on a sports match or other event …   English terms dictionary

  • commentate — [käm′ən tāt΄] vt. commentated, commentating [back form. < COMMENTATOR] to write or deliver a commentary on vi. to perform as a COMMENTATOR (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • commentate — /kom euhn tayt /, v., commentated, commentating. v.t. 1. to deliver a commentary on: to commentate a fashion show. 2. to write a commentary on; annotate: to commentate the Book of Job. v.i. 3. to serve as a commentator: The senior staff member… …   Universalium

  • commentate — [[t]kɒ̱mənteɪt[/t]] commentates, commentating, commentated VERB To commentate means to give a radio or television commentary on an event. [V on n] They are in Sweden to commentate on the European Championships... He commentates for the BBC …   English dictionary

  • commentate — UK [ˈkɒmənteɪt] / US [ˈkɑmənˌteɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms commentate : present tense I/you/we/they commentate he/she/it commentates present participle commentating past tense commentated past participle commentated to give a description… …   English dictionary

  • commentate — verb To provide a commentary; to maintain a stream of comments about some event. For the radio audience he will commentate on the match …   Wiktionary

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