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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for well narrated

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
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Word Origin and History for well narrated
narrate
1650s, but stigmatized as Scottish and not in general use until 19c. See narration. Related: Narrated.
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