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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Other Words from narration

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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Recent Examples on the Web

In the World Celebration area, Spaceship Earth will continue to chronicle human development, but will include a new narration and new music. Susan Glaser,, "Disney World outlines Epcot remake, with Mary Poppins, Moana, Guardians of the Galaxy," 26 Aug. 2019 But too often authors lack a natural gift for voice narration and aren't trained in it. Dallas News, "Don't let a bad reader ruin your audiobook experience: Here are recordings to savor — and to avoid," 20 Aug. 2019 Directed by Springsteen and Thom Zimny, the film will feature a performance of Springsteen's latest album of the same name in his historic barn, driven by narration and archival videos. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "Bruce Springsteen Reflects on His Career and Love in New Trailer For 'Western Stars' Concert Film: Watch," 19 Aug. 2019 In the books, Schwartz’s matter-of-fact, unadorned, often whimsically inconclusive narration of ghastly turns of event is balanced by the harrowing, hallucinatory illustrations by Stephen Gammell. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Mild Horror of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”," 12 Aug. 2019 Many companies such as Spectrum and Optimum offer accessibility functions like readouts of what’s on screen, voice controls, large-button remotes, and narration of select channels. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Comcast’s latest accessibility feature lets customers change TV channels with their eyes," 17 June 2019 Three of his friends help with the narration: John Quentin, Nigel Terry and Tilda Swinton. Susan Dunne,, "AIDS film ‘Blue’ at Yale Center for British Art," 17 June 2019 Instead, Stridsberg combines second-person narration, screenplay dialogue, and acrostic poetry to build around her subject a pseudo-history—a fable set, partially, in locales that do not exist, among people who never were. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Valerie” Is an Extraordinary Love Letter to a Radical Feminist," 1 Aug. 2019 What the show changes: The second half of the season opens with Jamie's narration, which eventually allows viewers to see his rape and torture from his POV. Sarene Leeds, Glamour, "7 Times Outlander Didn't Follow What Happened in the Book," 3 Dec. 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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readily or continually undergoing change

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