follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

narrate

[nar-eyt, na-reyt] /ˈnær eɪt, næˈreɪt/
verb (used with object), narrated, narrating.
1.
to give an account or tell the story of (events, experiences, etc.).
2.
to add a spoken commentary to (a film, television program, etc.):
to narrate a slide show.
verb (used without object), narrated, narrating.
3.
to relate or recount events, experiences, etc., in speech or writing.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin narrātus (past participle of narrāre to relate, tell, say), equivalent to nār(us) knowing, acquainted with (variant of gnārus; see cognition) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
narratable, adjective
narrator, narrater
[nar-ey-ter, na-rey-, nar-uh-] /ˈnær eɪ tər, næˈreɪ-, ˈnær ə-/ (Show IPA),
noun
misnarrate, verb, misnarrated, misnarrating.
unnarratable, adjective
unnarrated, adjective
well-narrated, adjective
Synonyms
1. detail, recite. See describe.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for narrating
  • He was a popular choice for narrating audio books, especially those for children.
British Dictionary definitions for narrating

narrate

/nəˈreɪt/
verb
1.
to tell (a story); relate
2.
to speak in accompaniment of (a film, television programme, etc)
Derived Forms
narratable, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin narrāre to recount, from gnārus knowing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for narrating

narrate

v.

1748, back-formation from narration or else from Latin narratus, past participle of narrare "to tell, relate, recount" (see narration). "Richardson and Johnson call it Scottish" [OED], a stigma which kept it from general use until 19c. A few mid-17c. instances are traceable to Spanish narrar. Related: Narrated; narrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for narrate

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for narrating

10
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with narrating

Nearby words for narrating