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annotate (verb) give explanatory notes and comments on a text.
When an author annotates a passage or a text, they explain it and make comments on it so that it can be understood easily. In other words, to explain and comment on a text or to elaborate it, is to annotate it. A number of critics and scholars have annotated the plays of Shakespeare to help the modern reader appreciate them.
- The reader is greatly helped by the section of the book in which the author has annotated the more difficult passages in the book.
- Thanks to a lot of painstaking research by great scholars who have annotated the plays of Shakespeare, and the other great books of the past, the modern reader is able to enjoy their beauty.