- 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 narrating
For Washington is narrating America through its demons, one story at a time.NPR’s Smooth-Talking Millennial Whisperer
October 7, 2014
Vuillet commenced by narrating the entry of the insurgents into Plassans.The Fortune of the Rougons
In doing so you will have the pleasure of narrating the reason of your fame.The Economist
He laughed while narrating this part at the recollection of his polite alacrity.Lord Jim
After a short time the Indians all left the cabin, and the white men held a conference together, narrating past events.
While they were narrating their adventures, others gathered round to listen.Roger Willoughby
William H. G. Kingston
- to tell (a story); relate
- to speak in accompaniment of (a film, television programme, etc)
Word Origin and History for narrating
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.