Definition of narrate in English:

narrate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Give a spoken or written account of.

    ‘the story is narrated by the heroine’
    • ‘He narrated how his wife disappeared for more than an hour from the prayer session.’
    • ‘He narrates how he fanatically read, trained and thought of it all his waking hours.’
    • ‘I think this is because of the difficulties inherent in the narrative, namely it's difficult to follow the golden rule of writing (Show Don't Tell) when your main character is narrating the story.’
    • ‘I shall narrate a trivial incident which presaged the shape of things to come.’
    • ‘Andrews narrates a passionate account of one of the most controversial affairs in American history.’
    • ‘While there are a lot of opportunities for quiet reflection, meditation, narrating one's life stories and listening to those of others, this is by no means any religious cult or group.’
    • ‘Along with other guests, she too will speak and narrate her experiences.’
    • ‘It is an intelligent, enlightening account of disputes, narrating the advance and progress of medicine.’
    • ‘And then you would hear a voice begin to narrate the story.’
    • ‘They are also narrated in the present tense, but in an iterative present.’
    • ‘Sometimes, stark images can speak for themselves and even narrate untold stories.’
    • ‘There were tears of gratitude in her eyes as she narrated her experience.’
    • ‘She uses the first person because she's narrating the story.’
    • ‘And somehow, even though we know Joe gets out alive (he's narrating the story after all) we're on the edge of our seat wondering if he does make it.’
    • ‘Yet what marks her most is that this former slave woman character narrates her story to her children and ensures that it is passed down.’
    • ‘Asked how things are, she answers by narrating her life story.’
    • ‘The story is narrated in flashback by Louis, in a letter written from his prison cell.’
    • ‘There is no action on the stage, the events being narrated in blank verse.’
    • ‘It was also an interdenominational event and readers from both church communities narrated the passion story.’
    • ‘Barely three months later in New York, while narrating the story to a group of friends, did I discover that I had been fleeced again.’
    tell, relate, recount, give an account of, unfold, set forth, set out, describe, detail, sketch out, portray, chronicle, give a report of, report, relay, retail, delineate, rehearse, recite
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    1. 1.1 Deliver a commentary to accompany (a film, broadcast, piece of music, etc.)
      ‘the series is narrated by Richard Baker’
      • ‘The filmmaker narrates the film himself, telling us of his contemplation of mortality while on his Saharan trek.’
      • ‘Although he continued to write and narrate the films, he was no longer calling the shots in the editing room or with corporate sponsors.’
      • ‘Well, we have trailers here, including the teaser and television spots narrated by Orson Welles.’
      • ‘In the same year Reeve narrated a film about the lives of people living with disabilities.’
      • ‘The director narrates the film as though she is making a home movie, and ultimately that's what she has accomplished.’
      • ‘The director then narrates a location map feature, giving background information about the homes and places used in the film.’
      • ‘In fact, he narrates the film and is the only person, aside from the children and their families who appears in film.’
      • ‘The local television presenter narrates this programme, which includes poetry and music linked to the county.’
      • ‘The woman narrating the piece said that women were not safe anywhere, that there was little even the police could do about it, and crimes against women were rising.’
      • ‘Sadly, this monosyllabically narrated featurette adds nothing to one's insight of the film.’
      • ‘The heroine, Anna, is played by a singer and a dancer, the former narrating Anna's story as she travels around America in search of money to build a home for her family.’
      • ‘Since making the film, I've narrated a documentary about tigers, which is a way of helping, because it sheds light on the plight of the animals.’
      • ‘The journalist and broadcaster narrates a personal history of his adopted home.’
      • ‘The miniature megastar is to narrate a film about life on the International Space Station.’
      • ‘The film is narrated collectively by a group of neighborhood boys, now older, who idolized and idealized the five girls.’
      • ‘Several times in the film he narrates in this manner.’
      • ‘Short of the director himself, there is nobody else you would want narrating this commentary track.’
      • ‘The series is narrated by the Welsh journalist and will be shown on Sundays at 7.30.’
      • ‘Each tape is well organized and beautifully narrated in language that should be easy for most listeners to understand.’
      • ‘The film is narrated by the laconic narrator that Disney used a lot then.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin narrat- ‘related, told’, from the verb narrare (from gnarus ‘knowing’).

Pronunciation

narrate

/nəˈreɪt/