A teacher narrates a story to her class.
- To have a voice tell the story during a documentary movie is an example of narrate.
- To have a victum explain what happened during a crime is an example of narrate.
intransitive verb-·rat·ed, -·rat·ing
- to tell (a story) in writing or speech
- to give an account of (happenings, etc.)
- to read (descriptive or narrative passages), as in a documentary film
Origin of narratefrom Classical Latin narratus, past participle of narrare, to tell, akin to gnarus, acquainted with from Indo-European an unverified form ?noro- from base an unverified form ?en-, to know
transitive verbnar·rat·ed, nar·rat·ing, nar·rates
- To give an account of (events, for example) in speech or writing or by means of images. See Synonyms at describe.
- To supply a running commentary for (a documentary or performance, for example).
Origin of narrateLatin narrāre narrāt- from gnārus knowing ; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present narrates, present participle narrating, simple past and past participle narrated)
In English (recorded only since 1656, but initially stigmatized as 'Scottish', until the 19th century) apparently from narration