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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The author’s narration sometimes seems more like extended captions than like literature, but it’s Arnade’s photos that do much of the talking. Marlo Safi, National Review, "A Raw Look at the New ‘Other Half’," 29 June 2019 Grossman’s style and focus—in which his own voice is excised, and an omniscient, objective narration reigns—almost seems like a predecessor of Western magazine war reporting. Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 In the world of the show, compulsive self-narration betrays, as some critics have pointed out, profound dissociation. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "How ‘Fleabag’ Seduces Us, Then Accuses Us," 19 June 2019 The fictional Yaakov, whose voiceover narration helps delineate many of the plot points, is such a dynamic central character that viewers will likely relate to his passion even if becoming discomfited by the sometimes inflammatory populist rhetoric. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Unorthodox': Film Review," 14 June 2019 The film, which does not have a narration track, features only the voices of the four young people. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Kids in Crisis' film on youth mental health attracts national attention with DVD giveaway, NewsHour segment," 7 June 2019 Steinkellner’s regular interruptions of narration quickly become trying. Margaret Gray,, "Review: Boston Court Pasadena’s ‘Ladies’ presents a puzzle of female empowerment," 14 June 2019 In fact, Berlin has no authorial voice, no narration, no overarching perspective. Sarah Boxer, The New York Review of Books, "Berlin Before the Storm," 7 Mar. 2019 Stroman directs a sensual and emotional tale expressed less through dialogue than through narration, dance and music. Barbara Isenberg,, "Susan Stroman is back, this time waltzing with 'The Beast in the Jungle'," 23 May 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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