narrate

UK [nəˈreɪt] / US [ˈneˌreɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "narrate":
present tense I/you/we/they narrate he/she/it narrates present participle narrating past tense narrated past participle narrated
1) to tell a story in speech or writing

Mark narrated the shocking details of his night in jail.

2) to give information about what is happening in a television programme or film without appearing on the screen

a documentary narrated by Desmond Morris


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  • narrate — ar*rate , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Narrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Narrating}.] [L. narratus, p. p. of narrare to narrate, prob. for gnarigare, fr. gnarus knowing. See {Ignore}, {Know}.] To tell, rehearse, or recite, as a story; to relate the particulars …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • narrate — index communicate, convey (communicate), detail (particularize), inform (notify), recite, recoun …   Law dictionary

  • narrate — (v.) 1748, back formation from narration or else from L. narratus, pp. of narrare to tell, relate, recount (see NARRATION (Cf. narration)). Richardson and Johnson call it Scottish [OED], a stigma which kept it from general use until 19c. A few… …   Etymology dictionary

  • narrate — *relate, rehearse, recite, recount, describe, state, report Analogous words: tell, *reveal, disclose, discover: *discourse, expatiate, dilate, descant …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • narrate — [v] describe, detail characterize, chronicle, delineate, depict, descant, disclose, discourse, enumerate, expatiate, give an account of, hold forth, make known, paint, picture, portray, proclaim, recite, recount, rehearse, relate, repeat, report …   New thesaurus

  • narrate — ► VERB 1) give an account of. 2) provide a commentary for (a film, television programme, etc.). DERIVATIVES narration noun narrator noun. ORIGIN Latin narrare …   English terms dictionary

  • narrate — [nar′āt΄; na rāt′, nərāt′] vt., vi. narrated, narrating [< L narratus, pp. of narrare, to tell, akin to gnarus, acquainted with < IE * ĝnoro < base * ĝen , to KNOW] 1. to tell (a story) in writing or speech 2. to give an account of… …   English World dictionary

  • narrate — 01. They hired a famous actor to [narrate] their documentary about saving the whales. 02. The movie has a voice over [narrative] by the leading character to take us from one scene to another. 03. The former President [narrated] an excerpt from… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • narrate — [17] To narrate something is etymologically to ‘make it known’. The word comes from Latin narrāre ‘give an account of’, which was derived from gnārus ‘knowing’ and is hence related to English ignore, recognize, and, distantly, know. English… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • narrate — [[t]nəre͟ɪt, AM næ̱reɪt[/t]] narrates, narrating, narrated 1) VERB If you narrate a story, you tell it from your own point of view. [FORMAL] [V n] The three of them narrate the same events from three perspectives... [V n] The book is narrated by… …   English dictionary

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