Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To tell (a story, for example) in speech or writing or by means of images.
  • transitive v. To give an account of (events, for example). See Synonyms at describe.
  • intransitive v. To give an account or description.
  • intransitive v. To supply a running commentary for a movie or performance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To relate a story or series of events by speech or writing.
  • v. To give an account.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To tell, rehearse, or recite, as a story; to relate the particulars of; to go through with in detail, as an incident or transaction; to give an account of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tell. rehearse, or recite in detail; relate the particulars or incidents of; relate in speech or writing.
  • Synonyms Describe, Narrate (see describe), detail, recount, repeat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. narrate or give a detailed account of
  • v. provide commentary for a film, for example

Etymologies

Latin narrāre, narrāt-, from gnārus, knowing.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
In English (recorded only since 1656, but initially stigmatized as 'Scottish', until the 19th century) apparently from narration (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Someone remind me who thought it was a good idea to let ben stein narrate an already overly talked about topic. this trailor was more boring than Ben Steins honey moon.

    JEEBUS VS. THE DAMNED DIRTY APES

  • THOMAS: Yes, I just host the show and narrate, which is something I've never done before.

    CNN Transcript Jun 11, 2002

  • February 3rd, 2010 more images more imagesMICHAEL JACKSON's three children will "narrate" an introduction to the revamped WE ARE THE WORLD charity anthem.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • MICHAEL JACKSON's three children will "narrate" an introduction to the revamped WE ARE THE WORLD charity anthem.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • I would watch the Baby Einstein stuff with Christopher when he was a baby, but I would always "narrate" what he was looking at.

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  • "narrate" or otherwise respond to a photo of a quake survivor.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The leading historians of early America brilliantly narrate the dynamic tensions between settler and Indian, democrat and monarchist, slave and master, merchant and craftsman.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The idea that someone would write a novel for no other purpose than to narrate a story for the purpose of entertaining, and that that work should become immune from interpretation as if the artist had absolute conscious control over the meaning of every sentence he/she constructed in all contexts, so that interpretation is a betrayal of the artist or only subjective is actually kind of weird.

    Matthew Yglesias » Fight Club

  • These pages narrate the story of what happened to Kim and my voyage to come to grips with her suicide.

    History of a Suicide

  • Some parents seemed to provide their children with a running narration of experience and also encouraged their children to narrate experience.

    Red Flags or Red Herrings?

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