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She narrates the story with the wisdom of an older woman looking back on life.
  to tell a story-possibly as the main voice in a documentary or a character who speaks to the audience in a performance

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narrate narrates narrated narrating narration narrations
Strongly Associated with:   narrator, mutiny, narrative
The specific meaning of narrate depends on context. For example:

  • "She narrated her story with tears in her eyes." — told a story

  • "Her diary chillingly narrates her descent into madness." — tells a story in writing

  • "Morgan Freeman narrated the documentary which features historic news reports and interviews." — was the voice that tells a story while tying the scenes of a documentary together

  • "The character who plays the Stage Director in Our Town also narrates for the audience." — when an actor in a play, movie, or other performance helps to tell the story by talking directly to the audience (breaking the imaginary barrier between the performers and the audience)

Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb narrate to a noun.
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  • She narrates the story with the wisdom of an older woman looking back on life.
  • She avoided eye contact as she narrated the story of how she ended up in prison.
  • Oprah Winfrey narrated the U.S. release of the documentary series Life.
  • I loved Peter Faulk’s narration of the movie The Princess Bride.

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  • Reese Witherspoon narrates the audio edition of the book.
  • Who will narrate Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf?
  • But, before I proceed to narrate it, and before I pass on to all the changes it involved, I must give one chapter to Estella.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • If the accused could speak he could a tale unfold—one of the strangest that have ever been narrated between the covers of a book.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • While narrating these things, every time Queequeg received the tomahawk from me, he flourished the hatchet-side of it over the sleeper’s head.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • About a week subsequently to the incidents above narrated, Miss Temple, who had written to Mr. Lloyd, received his answer: it appeared that what he said went to corroborate my account.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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  • Her narration was clear and simple; and though it could not be given without emotion, it was not accompanied by violent agitation, nor impetuous grief.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • The duchess withdrew to hear from the page about his adventures in Sancho’s village, which he narrated at full length without leaving a single circumstance unmentioned.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • And the prince proceeded to narrate his meeting with Rogojin in the train and the whole of the latter’s story.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • But she was made exultant by having her chin pinched and her cheek kissed by Mr. Farebrother—an incident which she narrated to her mother and father.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Berg evidently enjoyed narrating all this, and did not seem to suspect that others, too, might have their own interests.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • O earth that hast no voice, confide to me a voice, O harvest of my lands—O boundless summer growths, O lavish brown parturient earth—O infinite teeming womb, A song to narrate thee.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • The personality of the artist passes into the narration itself, flowing round and round the persons and the action like a vital sea.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Thus ended Peggotty’s narration.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The manager at once began to narrate what he knew.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Miss Bates had just done as Patty opened the door; and her visitors walked upstairs without having any regular narration to attend to, pursued only by the sounds of her desultory good-will.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The poor girl’s wretchedness at this time was beyond all fancy or narration.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • ’At first old Van Shuyten would tell me to go to the devil,’ he narrated with keen enjoyment; ’but I stuck to him, and talked and talked, till at last he got afraid I would talk the hind-leg off his favorite dog, so he gave me some cheap things and a few guns, and told me he hoped he would never see my face again.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • It is narrated that in the eighteen-seventies an old lady, a very devout Methodist, moved from Colchester to a house in the neighborhood of the City Road, in London, where, mistaking the Hall of Science for a chapel, she sat at the feet of Charles Bradlaugh for many years, entranced by his eloquence, without questioning his orthodoxy or moulting a feather of her faith.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Mr Snawley may be remembered as the sleek and sanctified gentleman who confided two sons (in law) to the parental care of Mr Squeers, as narrated in the fourth chapter of this history.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Leaving her and Oliver to compare notes at leisure, Mr. Brownlow led the way into another room; and there, heard from Rose a full narration of her interview with Nancy, which occasioned him no little surprise and perplexity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He gave her a very plain, intelligible account of the whole; a narration in which she saw a great deal of most characteristic proceeding.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Nothing could be more natural than the sequence of events as narrated by this lady, and nothing stranger than the result when viewed, for instance, by Mr. Lestrade of Scotland Yard.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Thus the poor sailor lives in the recollection of those who narrate his history; his terrible story is recited in the chimney-corner, and a shudder is felt at the description of his transit through the air to be swallowed by the deep.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He was irate and defiant; and Tom, though he espoused his father’s quarrels and shared his father’s sense of injury, was not without some of the feeling that oppressed Maggie when Mr. Tulliver got louder and more angry in narration and assertion with the increased leisure of dessert.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • And he briefly narrated what the maid had seen, and showed the broken stick.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Dr. Sloper had travelled but little, and he took the liberty of not believing everything this anecdotical idler narrated.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • With interminable indignation she narrated her retorts to "that fresh head-barber" and the drastic things she would do to him if he persisted in saying that she was "better at gassing than at hoof-paring."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • It narrated the success of a farm-lassie in clearing her brother of a charge of forgery.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Honest John was the first that I know of who mix’d narration and dialogue; a method of writing very engaging to the reader, who in the most interesting parts finds himself, as it were, brought into the company and present at the discourse.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Langdon’s progress around his side of the Pantheon was being hampered somewhat by the guide on his heels, now continuing his tireless narration as Langdon prepared to check the final alcove.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Gerald knew that northward beyond that stream the land was still held by the Cherokees, so it was with amazement that he heard the stranger jeer at suggestions of trouble with the Indians and narrate how thriving towns were growing up and plantations prospering in the new country.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Of three other murders Dewey had since investigated, two were equally obvious (a pair of railroad workers robbed and killed an elderly farmer, 11-1-52; a drunken husband beat and kicked his wife to death, 6-17-56), but the third case, as it was once conversationally narrated by Dewey, was not without several original touches: "It all started out at Stevens Park.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Partly as we so sat, and partly afterwards, on the way to Aucharn, each of us narrated his adventures; and I shall here set down so much of Alan’s as seems either curious or needful.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • In place of that eager and garrulous narration with which a white youth would have endeavored to communicate, and perhaps exaggerate, that which had passed out in the darkness of the plain, the young warrior was seemingly content to let his deeds speak for themselves.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • And Affirmation, Interrogation, Commandement, Narration, Syllogisme, Sermon, Oration, and many other such, are names of Speeches.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • That led to his narrating the circumstances in detail, and expressing something of his anxiety to discover what had really become of the man, and to repel the dark suspicions that clouded about his mother’s house.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He narrated: ’I just saw his head bobbing, and I dashed my boat-hook in the water.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Since the events about to be narrated, nothing in fact has changed at Yonville.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • When Mrs. Carey asked for an explanation the Vicar narrated the facts.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • But Miss Nancy was not ashamed of that, for even while she was dressing she narrated to her aunt how she and Priscilla had packed their boxes yesterday, because this morning was baking morning, and since they were leaving home, it was desirable to make a good supply of meat-pies for the kitchen; and as she concluded this judicious remark, she turned to the Miss Gunns that she might not commit the rudeness of not including them in the conversation.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Odette narrated this episode almost as if it were a joke, either because it appeared to her to be quite natural, or because she thought that she was thereby minimising its importance, or else so as not to appear ashamed.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • He was ashamed at baiting the man, realizing that the absurdity of the story rested in the immaturity of the attitude combined with the sophisticated method of its narration.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • These narrations seemed to belong to another age.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Babette’s voice resumed its tone of straight narration.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • She was wretched—O so wretched—at the perception that to her companions the dairyman’s story had been rather a humorous narration than otherwise; none of them but herself seemed to see the sorrow of it; to a certainty, not one knew how cruelly it touched the tender place in her experience.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
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