Definition of narration in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action or process of narrating a story.

    ‘the style of narration in the novel’
    • ‘Isabella had given her aunt, mother, and sisters a full narration of her ordeal whilst she bathed.’
    • ‘He was affording his characters access to modernity and claiming for himself a scope commensurate with historical narration.’
    • ‘Beautiful scenery combined with melancholy music and matter-of-fact narration to make a lovely little story.’
    • ‘The key point is that this module renders us highly sensitive to other people and it influences our narration in such a way as to deliver unintended messages.’
    • ‘This statement accurately sets the antagonistic tone of the entire narration.’
    • ‘Moreover, the narration of the events provided by both complainants is completely incompatible with consent.’
    • ‘In the middle of describing what he is thinking, Anderson switches to first person narration.’
    • ‘As they told their stories, they created the necessary significance for themselves and found the meaning not only behind their emigration, but also behind their narration.’
    • ‘This sudden switch to first-person narration is startling to the reader.’
    • ‘In occurrences like this there are always circumstances involving difficulty which a full narration of details would satisfactorily clear up.’
    • ‘I was surprised by the traditional mode of narration; the prose is conventional, unsurprising, not ostentatiously poetic.’
    • ‘It was narration of personal experience which was obviously heavily influenced by the emotions and excitement which is an essential component of any conflict.’
    • ‘There is mostly a simple matter of fact narration in the news.’
    • ‘Women often tend toward the internal, personal narration of events.’
    • ‘Following a brief narration of the battle, Moore got to the main purpose of his visit: the preparation of American soldiers for combat.’
    • ‘Its main purpose is narration, and the dialogue comes through clean and undistorted, so it achieves its aims quite amicably.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, as he writes his own history of this violent challenge to imperial domination, the Creole intellectual also makes that narration American through a baroque discourse of excess.’
    • ‘Much more than a straight narration of history, they have shed light on the social realities of those days in a poignant manner.’
    • ‘The story begins as a third person narration, a tale about an old writer.’
    • ‘He floored the audience with his trademark style of narration.’
    account, narrative, story, tale, chronicle, description, portrayal, report, sketch, recital, recitation, rehearsal
    voice-over, reading, commentary
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    1. 1.1count noun A commentary delivered to accompany a film, broadcast, etc.
      ‘Moore's narration is often sarcastic’
      mass noun ‘there's no dialogue or narration’
      • ‘I find the voice-over pretty annoying too - although I dislike narration generally in things like this.’
      • ‘The narration consists entirely of running commentary by the astronauts themselves, taken from over 80 hours of interviews.’
      • ‘The sound is stereo for the narration, but the clips appear to be mainly mono as originally recorded.’
      • ‘The recordings would be activated as voice-over narration when a viewer clicked on a photograph on a computer.’
      • ‘And under the quiet narration is even gentler music, music that strives to be subliminal, tinkled on a parlor piano and diffidently accompanied by a fiddle or banjo.’
      • ‘The predominance of narration mars the production to such an extent that the only successful parts of it are those that feature little or no narration.’
      • ‘She presents this in five acts linked by a narration.’
      • ‘First of all, many people in Korea were upset with the narration at the end.’
      • ‘The movies are composed of newsreel photography from the theaters of operation and narration.’
      • ‘This has been composed in two separate performing versions - an orchestral version which is entirely sung and an organ version which mixes choral sections with narrations.’
      • ‘There is no dialogue, but a pompous voice-over narration explains everything that is going on, just in case we are too dim to figure it out.’
      • ‘What he revealed in his narration of the program was an unbounded passion for this project.’
      • ‘The film opens with semi-cryptic narration from a child walking silhouetted through parched trees.’
      • ‘This combination of digital footage, brave and honest narration from the two climbers and stunning cinematography, is an excellent production which tells an unforgettable story of extreme endurance.’
      • ‘A narration was given by his daughter, Jenny.’
      • ‘The two featurettes are actually just compilations of behind-the-scenes footage, with no narration or interviews included.’
      • ‘The characters speak directly to and for themselves only when absolutely necesary, the rest of the time the story is told purely via images and narration.’
      • ‘And I think there was voiceover narration coinciding with the actual scene dialogue.’