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[nar-eyt, na-reyt]
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verb (used with object), nar·rat·ed, nar·rat·ing.
  1. to give an account or tell the story of (events, experiences, etc.).
  2. to add a spoken commentary to (a film, television program, etc.): to narrate a slide show.
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verb (used without object), nar·rat·ed, nar·rat·ing.
  1. to relate or recount events, experiences, etc., in speech or writing.
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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
Related formsnar·rat·a·ble, adjectivenar·ra·tor, nar·rat·er [nar-ey-ter, na-rey-, nar-uh-] /ˈnær eɪ tər, næˈreɪ-, ˈnær ə-/, nounmis·nar·rate, verb, mis·nar·rat·ed, mis·nar·rat·ing.un·nar·rat·a·ble, adjectiveun·nar·rat·ed, adjectivewell-nar·rat·ed, adjective

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1. See describe.
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Related Words for narrating

recite, portray, depict, chronicle, rehearse, unfold, recount, disclose, reveal, picture, repeat, delineate, characterize, expatiate, relate, enumerate, state, proclaim, paint, discourse

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

Word Origin for narrate

C17: from Latin narrāre to recount, from gnārus knowing
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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.

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