nar·​ra·​tion | \ na-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce narration (audio) , nə-\

Definition of narration

1 : the act or process or an instance of narrating

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narrational \ na-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce narrational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , nə-​ \ adjective

Examples of narration in a Sentence

The novel uses first-person narration. They got a famous actor to do the narration for the documentary. an actor who does narrations for documentaries
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What sets Backstory apart from more mainstream interviews is Tyner’s narration. Brandon T. Harden,, "Rare interviews of Run DMC, The Roots, Jay-Z, and others have been unearthed through this Philly radio host's new podcast," 25 Apr. 2018 The video starts with inspirational quote-style narration that beauty fans will recognize from commercials' past. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Revlon Introduced Its New Volumazing Mascara With a Music Video Featuring Professional Dancers," 18 July 2018 The dialogue from the film, or the characters, does the narration for you. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "The Envelope, Please. And Make It Quick.," 26 May 2018 This one shows only babies, though with narration by a celebrity voice: Kerry Washington’s. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "T-Mobile takes different path with this year's Super Bowl commercial," 4 Feb. 2018 Frostman’s confident navigation and narration calm my fears. Nancy Moreland, The Seattle Times, "Ready for takeoff: A nervous flyer takes on America’s Seaplane City," 3 July 2018 Reggie and Blonde Veronica show up for the fight but have the outdated password — again, this is all intercut with the G&G game scenes/narration, and one mirrors the other — Veronica claims her name is Monica Norton, like the warden. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 5: Can Archie Escape From a Teenage Fight Club?!," 15 Nov. 2018 To paraphrase some of Lily’s narration, there are three kinds of Salemites: a few good men and women, a few sadistic creeps, and a mass of bystanders who happily participate in misogynistic hate mobs. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Assassination Nation is a vicious, cathartic horror film about misogyny," 21 Sep. 2018 The project from Italian filmmakers Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo relies on subtitles, captions and first-hand accounts instead of narration to tell the tale of two separate migrant journeys. Lorraine Ali,, "'It Will Be Chaos': Personal stories of refugee crisis could not be more timely," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of narration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of narration was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of narration

somewhat formal : the act or process of telling a story or describing what happens
: words that are heard as part of a movie, television show, etc., and that describe what is being seen


nar·​ra·​tion | \ na-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce narration (audio) \

Kids Definition of narration

1 : the act or process or an instance of telling in full detail I enjoyed his narration of the story.

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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