- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to tell (a story) in writing or speech
- to give an account of (happenings, etc.)
Origin: 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
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verb nar·rat·ed, nar·rat·ing, nar·rates verb, transitive
- To tell (a story, for example) in speech or writing or by means of images.
- To give an account of (events, for example). See Synonyms at describe.
- To give an account or description.
- To supply a running commentary for a movie or performance.
Origin: Latin narrāre, narrāt-, from gnārus, knowing; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
- narˌrat·a·bilˈi·ty noun
- narˈrat·a·ble adjective
- narˈraˌtor, narˈratˌer noun