commentary noun

1 on the radio/television

ADJ. brief | live | running (= continuous) She kept up a running commentary on the festivities. | radio, television listening to the radio commentary on the match

VERB + COMMENTARY give, keep up, provide | listen to

COMMENTARY + NOUN box the reporters in the commentary box

PREP. ~ on BBC1 will give a live commentary on the election results.

2 criticism/discussion of sth

ADJ. detailed | critical | political, social

VERB + COMMENTARY provide The novel provides a powerful social commentary on post-war Germany.

PREP. ~ on

PHRASES be a sad commentary (on sth) (= to reflect badly on sth) The petty quarrels were a sad commentary on the state of the government.