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adjective nar·row \ˈner-(ˌ)ō, ˈna-(ˌ)rō\

: long and not wide : small from one side to the other side

: including or involving a small number of things or people : limited in range or amount

: almost not successful : very close to failure : almost not enough for success

Full Definition of NARROW

1
a :  of slender width <a long and narrow room>
b :  of less than standard or usual width <a narrow sidewalk>
c of a textile :  woven in widths usually less than 18 inches (46 centimeters)
2
:  limited in size or scope <a narrow interpretation>
3
a :  illiberal in views or disposition :  prejudiced
b chiefly dialect :  stingy, niggardly
4
a :  barely sufficient :  close <won by a narrow margin>
b :  barely successful <a narrow escape>
5
:  minutely precise :  meticulous <a narrow inspection>
6
of an animal ration :  relatively rich in protein as compared with carbohydrate and fat
7
:  tense 3
nar·row·ly adverb
nar·row·ness noun
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Examples of NARROW

  1. The city's ancient streets are too narrow for buses.
  2. We crossed at the narrowest part of the river.
  3. His shoulders are very narrow.
  4. within the narrow limits allowed by law
  5. They offer a narrow range of flavors: chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.
  6. the study's narrow focus on 30-year-old men
  7. The study was narrow in scope.
  8. a narrow view of politics

Origin of NARROW

Middle English narowe, from Old English nearu; akin to Old High German narwa scar
First Known Use: before 12th century

2narrow

verb

: to make (something) less wide

: to become less wide

: to make (something) smaller in amount or range

Full Definition of NARROW

transitive verb
1
:  to decrease the breadth or extent of :  contract —often used with down
2
:  to decrease the scope or sphere of :  limit —often used with down <narrow down the choices>
intransitive verb
:  to lessen in width or extent :  contract —often used with down

Examples of NARROW

  1. The path was narrowed by overgrowth.
  2. His eyes narrowed as he focused on the words in front of him.
  3. The vase narrows at its top.
  4. narrowing the range of options
  5. You'll need to narrow the focus of your paper to one central idea.
  6. The gap between their salaries was beginning to narrow.

First Known Use of NARROW

before 12th century

Rhymes with NARROW

3narrow

noun

Definition of NARROW

:  a narrow part or passage; specifically :  a strait connecting two bodies of water —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction

First Known Use of NARROW

13th century
NARROWNESS Defined for Kids

1narrow

adjective nar·row \ˈner-ō\
nar·row·ernar·row·est

Definition of NARROW for Kids

1
:  of slender or less than usual width <…Kino ran straight to the narrow dock where the fishing boats bobbed up and down… — Pearl S. Buck, The Big Wave>
2
:  limited in size or extent <We had a narrow range of choices.>
3
:  not broad or open in mind or views <They are narrow in their thinking.>
4
:  barely successful :  close <We made a narrow escape.>
nar·row·ly adverb
nar·row·ness noun

2narrow

verb
nar·rowednar·row·ing

Definition of NARROW for Kids

1
:  to make or become less wide <… his yellow eyes narrowed to slits. — Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins>
2
:  to limit in number :  become fewer <The list of candidates has been narrowed to ten.>

3narrow

noun

Definition of NARROW for Kids

:  a narrow passage connecting two bodies of water —usually used in pl.

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