nar·​ra·​tion | \na-ˈrā-shən, nə-\

Definition of narration 

1 : the act or process or an instance of narrating

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narrational \ na-​ˈrā-​shnəl , -​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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Sometimes when things are particularly trope-y, her narration saves the day. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "7 Things to Love About 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before'," 17 Aug. 2018 Sometimes other prisoners take over the narration, including a corrupt cop named Doc. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The bold, vivid worlds of Rachel Kushner’s novels," 7 June 2018 The narration serves as an emotional connection between the music and the pieces. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Sony/ATV Latin President Jorge Mejia On Writing Music Memoir, Composing His Own Works, Going on Tour and Snagging 'Despacito' Writers," 29 June 2018 This may be intentional on North’s part as a sort of structural storytelling: Capitalism is vague and diffuse, so why shouldn’t the narration follow suit? New York Times, "Heart-Hammering Science Fiction and Fantasy Thrillers," 22 June 2018 Juxtaposing the narration with the videos, Weems interrogates the ways in which the visual evidence of police brutality can be melted away by the desire to maintain a different sense of how this country is. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "How Do You Measure a Country?," 1 July 2018 His bubblegum card includes news talk shows, sports TV shows that were largely improvisational, narration of baseball, basketball and football, and emcee of various events. Tom Krasovic,, "Leitner's absence is felt on Padres broadcasts," 4 June 2018 The kids partially take over the episode's narration, normally handled by Dre. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Black-ish' recap: The kids aren't all right, as Dre and Bow try a separation," 9 May 2018 Jack Dunphy's screenplay is composed of several chapters related from the various characters' perspectives and narration, with past and present situations blending together in repetitive and sometimes confusing fashion. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Great Pretender': Film Review | Tribeca 2018," 28 Apr. 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

: 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 \

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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