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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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

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Broadway’s Tootsie star Santino Fontana narrates The Institute audiobook. Nick Romano,, "Stephen King's The Institute getting a limited TV series adaptation," 10 Sep. 2019 Alia Shawkat narrated the film, about a journey through dreams. Ariston Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Venice: Todd Phillips' 'Joker' Wins Golden Lion, Roman Polanski Wins Silver Lion," 7 Sep. 2019 Larry David will narrate the audiobook version of a popular children's tale, in what may be the most sarcastic, dark-humored bedtime story known to man. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Larry David to lend his voice to next "Go the F*** to Sleep" bedtime story," 2 Sep. 2019 Before season 3, Hannah Baker narrated the show, despite her death in season 1. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "13 Reasons Why"'s Newest Character Ani Achola," 27 Aug. 2019 Wang, who lives in New Jersey, narrates toward the end of the documentary. Brandon Yu, The Atlantic, "One Child Nation Paints a Harrowing Picture of an Infamous Policy," 13 Aug. 2019 The group does narrated river tours along the Hartford riverfront, and sets sail from Charter Oak Landing and Mortensen Plaza, but is in negotiations to begin taking off from the Glastonbury Boathouse and docks in Wethersfield and Rocky Hill. Steve Smith,, "Slipaway River Tours Docking Near You Soon," 12 Aug. 2019 Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o narrates, and Lola Lennox supplies the original score. Hal Boedeker,, "‘Old Town Road,’ ‘Serengeti,’ Shark Week: This weekend," 2 Aug. 2019 Anchors like Walter Cronkite are narrating every step. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Remembering Walter Cronkite's words on the day of the Apollo 11 moon landing," 20 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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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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