Definition of narration in US English:



  • 1The action or process of narrating a story.

    ‘the style of narration in the novel’
    • ‘This statement accurately sets the antagonistic tone of the entire narration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In occurrences like this there are always circumstances involving difficulty which a full narration of details would satisfactorily clear up.’
    • ‘Its main purpose is narration, and the dialogue comes through clean and undistorted, so it achieves its aims quite amicably.’
    • ‘Isabella had given her aunt, mother, and sisters a full narration of her ordeal whilst she bathed.’
    • ‘Moreover, the narration of the events provided by both complainants is completely incompatible with consent.’
    • ‘This sudden switch to first-person narration is startling to the reader.’
    • ‘He floored the audience with his trademark style of narration.’
    • ‘Women often tend toward the internal, personal narration of events.’
    • ‘In the middle of describing what he is thinking, Anderson switches to first person narration.’
    • ‘Much more than a straight narration of history, they have shed light on the social realities of those days in a poignant manner.’
    • ‘Beautiful scenery combined with melancholy music and matter-of-fact narration to make a lovely little story.’
    • ‘He was affording his characters access to modernity and claiming for himself a scope commensurate with historical narration.’
    • ‘The story begins as a third person narration, a tale about an old writer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Following a brief narration of the battle, Moore got to the main purpose of his visit: the preparation of American soldiers for combat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was surprised by the traditional mode of narration; the prose is conventional, unsurprising, not ostentatiously poetic.’
    • ‘There is mostly a simple matter of fact narration in the news.’
    • ‘It was narration of personal experience which was obviously heavily influenced by the emotions and excitement which is an essential component of any conflict.’
    account, narrative, story, tale, chronicle, description, portrayal, report, sketch, recital, recitation, rehearsal
    voice-over, reading, commentary
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    1. 1.1 A commentary delivered to accompany a movie, broadcast, etc.
      ‘Moore's narration is often sarcastic’
      • ‘The recordings would be activated as voice-over narration when a viewer clicked on a photograph on a computer.’
      • ‘The narration consists entirely of running commentary by the astronauts themselves, taken from over 80 hours of interviews.’
      • ‘First of all, many people in Korea were upset with the narration at the end.’
      • ‘And I think there was voiceover narration coinciding with the actual scene dialogue.’
      • ‘I find the voice-over pretty annoying too - although I dislike narration generally in things like this.’
      • ‘The sound is stereo for the narration, but the clips appear to be mainly mono as originally recorded.’
      • ‘A narration was given by his daughter, Jenny.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The film opens with semi-cryptic narration from a child walking silhouetted through parched trees.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What he revealed in his narration of the program was an unbounded passion for this project.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The movies are composed of newsreel photography from the theaters of operation and narration.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’