narrate

[ nar-eyt, na-reyt ]
/ ˈnær eɪt, næˈreɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. narmada,
  2. narmer,
  3. narraganset,
  4. narragansett,
  5. narragansett bay,
  6. narrater,
  7. narration,
  8. narrative,
  9. narrative of the life of frederick douglass,
  10. narratively

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 forms

Synonym study

1. See describe.

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British Dictionary definitions for narrating

narrate

/ (nəˈreɪt) /

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

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Word Origin and History for narrating

narrate

v.

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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