Narrow definition

nărō
To decrease or limit in width.

To narrow a sidewalk.

verb
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A narrow passage, as between two bodies of water; strait.
noun
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5
Of small or limited width, especially in comparison with length.
adjective
8
2
To decrease in width; contract.

The river narrows up ahead.

verb
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7
To reduce in width or extent; make narrower.
verb
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2
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To limit or restrict.

Narrowed the possibilities down to three.

verb
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2
A narrow part or place, esp. in a valley, mountain pass, road, etc.
noun
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7
Painstakingly thorough or attentive; meticulous.

Narrow scrutiny.

adjective
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2
To decrease or limit the scope, extent, or number of.

To narrow down one's college options.

verb
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7
The definition of narrow is someone who is limited in some way or something that is small in width as compared to its length.

An example of narrow used as an adjective is the phrase narrow mind, which is someone with little knowledge of the world.

An example of a narrow window is a long window that is not very wide.

adjective
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Barely sufficient; close.

A narrow margin of victory.

adjective
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3
A body of water with little width that connects two larger bodies of water.
noun
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A part of a river or an ocean current that is not wide.
noun
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Limited in outlook; without breadth of view or generosity; not liberal; prejudiced.

A narrow mind.

adjective
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To become narrower; contract.
verb
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2
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Close; careful; minute; thorough.

A narrow inspection.

adjective
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With limited margin; with barely enough space, time, etc.; barely successful.

A narrow escape.

adjective
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Limited in means; with hardly enough to live on.

Narrow circumstances.

adjective
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Having a relatively high proportion of protein.
adjective
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A part of little width, as a pass through mountains.
noun
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Lacking flexibility; rigid.

Narrow opinions.

adjective
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(linguistics) Tense.
adjective
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(phonet.) Tense.
adjective
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Small in width as compared to length; esp., less wide than is customary, standard, or expected; not wide.
adjective
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Limited in meaning, size, amount, or extent.

A narrow majority.

adjective
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(dial.) Stingy; parsimonious.
adjective
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Limited in area or scope; cramped.
adjective
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
narrow
Comparative:
narrower
Superlative:
narrowest

Origin of narrow

  • Middle English narwe from Old English nearu

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition