narrator

or nar·rat·er

[nar-ey-ter, na-rey‐, nar-uh‐]
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noun

a person who gives an account or tells the story of events, experiences, etc.
a person who adds spoken commentary to a film, television program, slide show, etc.

Nearby words

  1. narration,
  2. narrative,
  3. narrative of the life of frederick douglass,
  4. narratively,
  5. narrativize,
  6. narrow,
  7. narrow boat,
  8. narrow construction,
  9. narrow escape,
  10. narrow gauge

narrate

[nar-eyt, na-reyt]

verb (used with object), nar·rat·ed, nar·rat·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), nar·rat·ed, nar·rat·ing.

to relate or recount events, experiences, etc., in speech or writing.

Origin of narrate

1650–60; < Latin narrātus (past participle of narrāre to relate, tell, say), equivalent to nār(us) knowing, acquainted with (variant of gnārus; see cognition) + -ātus -ate1

SYNONYMS FOR narrate
Related forms

Synonym study

1. See describe.

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British Dictionary definitions for narrater

narrate

verb

to tell (a story); relate
to speak in accompaniment of (a film, television programme, etc)
Derived Formsnarratable, adjective

Word Origin for narrate

C17: from Latin narrāre to recount, from gnārus knowing

narrator

noun

a person who tells a story or gives an account of something
a person who speaks in accompaniment of a film, television programme, etc
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Word Origin and History for narrater
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Culture definitions for narrater

narrator

A person who tells a story; in literature, the voice that an author takes on to tell a story. This voice can have a personality quite different from the author's. For example, in his story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Edgar Allan Poe makes his narrator a raving lunatic.

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