narrate[nar′āt′; na rāt′, nə-]
- To narrate is to tell a story, or to tell what happened.
- 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.
A teacher narrates a story to her class.
intransitive verbnarrated, narrating
- to tell (a story) in writing or speech
- to give an account of (happenings, etc.)
Origin of narrate; from Classical Latin narratus, past participle of narrare, to tell, akin to gnarus, acquainted with ; from Indo-European an unverified form ĝnoro- ; from base an unverified form ĝen-, 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.
- nar′ra′tor, nar′rat′er
(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