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Definition of commentary noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. commentaries) commentary (on something)
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a spoken description of an event that is given while it is happening, especially on the radio or television a sports commentary Our reporters will give a running commentary (= a continuous one) on the election results as they are announced. He kept up a running commentary on everyone who came in or went out.
  2. 2[countable] a written explanation or discussion of something such as a book or a play a critical commentary on the final speech of the play
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] a criticism or discussion of something The petty arguments were a sad commentary on the state of the government. The movie is a biting commentary on contemporary life in a big city. political commentary
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