- to give an account or tell the story of (events, experiences, etc.).
- to add a spoken commentary to (a film, television program, etc.): to narrate a slide show.
- to relate or recount events, experiences, etc., in speech or writing.
Origin of narrate
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Examples from the Web for narrate
Eventually, Washington learned to narrate his way through his demons.NPR’s Smooth-Talking Millennial Whisperer
October 7, 2014
It is to examine, narrate and let others speak for themselves.Film Review: Documentary Explores Israeli Attitudes to the Palestinian Nakba
November 27, 2013
Your voice is so distinctive, and you do narrate a lot of documentaries now.Morgan Freeman Says WTF to GOP, Dishes on ‘Last Vegas,’ ‘12 Years a Slave,’ and Batfleck
October 23, 2013
That is why I felt it was important to narrate a short documentary video produced by the Center for American Progress.Winthrop Roosevelt on the Oil Boom that Threatens His Great-Great-Grandfather’s Legacy
April 2, 2013
Why is she willing to narrate from the perspective of a Filipina caregiver and not, say, a Palestinian?What's 'Legitimate' Israeli Fiction?
March 29, 2013
Let me narrate a fact interesting alike to the naturalist and meteorologist.In the Heart of Vosges
Virginia and Sing were compelled to narrate the adventure of the afternoon a dozen times.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
But I must refrain, for my business is to narrate, not to speculate.Wilfrid Cumbermede
We will not narrate what took place in the chamber of the Princess.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
The origin of these and the like stories is to be found in the tale which I am about to narrate.Statesman
- to tell (a story); relate
- to speak in accompaniment of (a film, television programme, etc)
Word Origin and History for narrate
1748, back-formation from narration or else from Latin narratus, past participle of narrare "to tell, relate, recount" (see narration). "Richardson and Johnson call it Scottish" [OED], a stigma which kept it from general use until 19c. A few mid-17c. instances are traceable to Spanish narrar. Related: Narrated; narrating.