nar·​rate | \ ˈner-ˌāt How to pronounce narrate (audio) , ˈna-ˌrat, na-ˈrāt How to pronounce narrate (audio) \
narrated; narrating

Definition of narrate

transitive verb

: to tell (a story) in detail The children enjoyed the lively manner with which she narrated her life's story. also : to provide spoken commentary for (something, such as a movie or television show) The documentary is narrated by a famous actor.

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Other Words from narrate

narrator \ ˈner-​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce narrator (audio) , ˈna-​ˌrā-​ , na-​ˈrā-​ , nə-​ ; ˈner-​ə-​ , ˈna-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of narrate in a Sentence

The author narrates her story in great detail. a documentary narrated by a famous actor
Recent Examples on the Web From the outdoor deck, walk to the L.A. Waterfront Cruises ticket booth on 1150 Nagoya Way to take a two-hour whale watching and dolphin tour narrated by an educator from the Aquarium of the Pacific. Vera Castaneda, Los Angeles Times, "Four Hours: Tour the San Pedro waterfront before its big makeover," 18 Oct. 2019 Earlier this year, Will was joined by Prince Charles and Prince Harry at the premiere of Netflix's Our Planet, a series narrated by Attenborough. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Just Recycled Her Go-To Blue Alexander McQueen Coat," 26 Sep. 2019 Each program will be featured in an hour-long episode in October (narrated by Liev Schreiber). Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: Colorado’s windfall, letter to new USC boss, night game woes, UW’s Cohen on scheduling and more," 19 Sep. 2019 Each program will be featured in an hour-long episode in October (narrated by Liev Schreiber). Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 Hotline newsletter: Colorado cashes in on Nebraska Cornhuskers visit," 18 Sep. 2019 The show will included a feature essay on late Auburn broadcaster Rod Bramblett narrated by ESPN’s Wright Thompson. Mark Heim |, al, "Watch Bo Jackson ride up to ESPN’s ‘GameDay’ set on motorcycle, sporting Pat Sullivan jersey," 31 Aug. 2019 Her story is a kind of cautionary tale, narrated by a one-time friend who knew better than to believe that salvation could be had in a pair of glassy eyes. The Economist, "Toni Morrison was the Nobel prizewinning chronicler of African-American life," 7 Aug. 2019 Ford made a commercial, narrated by Bryan Cranston, touting its achievement in creating the emoji. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Ford secretly proposed a pickup truck emoji, and it might make it to our phones next year," 17 July 2019 Calhoun received an introduction Wednesday night from the wrestler (and fellow cancer survivor) Roman Reigns, followed by a video feature narrated by Ray Allen that detailed both his coaching career and his four bouts of cancer. Alex Putterman,, "Jim Calhoun accepts ‘Best Coach’ award at ESPYS ceremony," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of narrate

1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for narrate

Latin narratus, past participle of narrare, from Latin gnarus knowing; akin to Latin gnoscere, noscere to know — more at know

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The first known use of narrate was in 1656

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How to pronounce narrate (audio) How to pronounce narrate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of narrate

: to tell (a story)
: to say the words that are heard as part of (a movie, television show, etc.) and that describe what is being seen : to do the narration for (something)


nar·​rate | \ ˈner-ˌāt How to pronounce narrate (audio) , na-ˈrāt\
narrated; narrating

Kids Definition of narrate

: to tell in full detail Let me narrate the story of my adventure.

Other Words from narrate

narrator \ ˈner-​ˌā-​tər , na-​ˈrā-​ \ noun

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