annotate, gloss and their corresponding nouns annotation, gloss mean, as verbs, to add or append comment, or as nouns, an added or appended comment intended to be helpful in interpreting a passage or text.
One annotates a text (as of a literary work) when one furnishes it with critical, historical, or explanatory notes (as footnotes, marginal notes, or notes in an appendix)

annotate the works of Milton


an annotated edition of Shakespeare’s sonnets

The subject of an annotation may be any word, passage, or detail which is capable of being explained to the advantage of the reader or student.
One glosses a word or phrase which is obscure in meaning because foreign, obsolete, rare, or technical by providing its definition (as in a marginal or interlinear note) or one glosses a text when one supplies definitions of its difficult words and phrases

medieval scholars, when they found in a Latin text a word not familiar to them, were accustomed to gloss it— Krutch

The word sometimes conveys (possibly by confusion with gloss, to give a luster to) a derogatory implication of perversion or sophistication of meaning or fact

trying to gloss away the irrationalities of the universe— Edman

Analogous words: elucidate, interpret, construe, *explain, expound: comment, commentate, *remark

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  • Annotate — An no*tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Annotated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Annotating}.] [L. annotatus; p. p. of annotare to annotate; ad + notare to mark, nota mark. See {Note}, n.] To explain or criticize by notes; as, to annotate the works of Bacon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • annotate — an·no·tate / a nə ˌtāt/ vb tat·ed, tat·ing vi: to make or write an annotation vt: to make or write annotations for an·no·ta·tor / ˌtā tər/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Annotate — An no*tate, v. i. To make notes or comments; with on or upon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • annotate — (v.) 1733, from L. annotatus, pp. of annotare to note down (see ANNOTATION (Cf. annotation)). Related: Annotated; annotating. Not in Johnson s Dictionary, but used therein in defining comment. Form annote is recorded from mid 15c. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • annotate — [v] write explanatory notes comment, commentate, construe, define, elucidate, explain, expound, footnote, gloss, illustrate, interpret, note, remark; concepts 51,57,79 …   New thesaurus

  • annotate — ► VERB ▪ add explanatory notes to. DERIVATIVES annotation noun annotator noun. ORIGIN Latin annotare to mark …   English terms dictionary

  • annotate — [an′ə tāt΄, an′ōtāt΄] vt., vi. annotated, annotating [< L annotatus, pp. of annotare < ad , to + notare, to note, mark < nota: see NOTE] to provide critical or explanatory notes for (a literary work, etc.) annotative adj. annotator n …   English World dictionary

  • annotate — [[t]æ̱noʊteɪt[/t]] annotates, annotating, annotated VERB If you annotate written work or a diagram, you add notes to it, especially in order to explain it. [V n] Historians annotate, check and interpret the diary selections. [V ed]… …   English dictionary

  • annotate — UK [ˈænəteɪt] / US [ˈænəˌteɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms annotate : present tense I/you/we/they annotate he/she/it annotates present participle annotating past tense annotated past participle annotated to put notes in a piece of writing in… …   English dictionary

  • annotate — annotative, annotatory /an euh tay teuh ree, teuh tawr ee, tohr ee; euh noh teuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. annotator, n. /an euh tayt /, v., annotated, annotating. v.t. 1. to supply with critical or explanatory notes; comment upon in notes: to… …   Universalium

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