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1  —as in:
Narrative of the Life of...
Definition a story
  • He titled his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
narrative = Story
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It's an interesting narrative about her first year in college.
  • narrative = story
  • Her narrative was written in Spanish.
  • narrative = story
  • I wanted my life to make sense, and nothing in that narrative made sense to me.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • narrative = story
  • He says that by dinner time they will be able to show a whole connected narrative.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • narrative = story
  • All we heard was the front door opening upstairs, then Mom and Dad's voices and Erma beginning the long narrative of her grievances against us.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • narrative = story
  • She carried this point, and Sir Thomas's narrative proceeded.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • narrative = story
  • Even Mercy was surprised, and frequently a little disturbed at the drama that Kit seemed to discover in these long-familiar narratives.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • narratives = stories
  • But let the reader be warned: I interrupt McCandless's story with fragments of a narrative drawn from my own youth.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • narrative = story
  • Miss Caroline smiled, blew her nose, said, "Thank you, darlings," dispersed us, opened a book and mystified the first grade with a long narrative about a toadfrog that lived in a hall.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
narrative = story

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2  —as in:
a class about narrative writing
Definition related to a story or the telling of it
  • The class teaches narrative technique.
narrative = related to telling a story
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • My assignment is to write a narrative essay based on an experience in my life.
  • narrative = related to telling a story
  • It is a narrative poem.
  • narrative = related to telling a story
  • We're studying narrative point of view and voice in my writing class.
  • narrative = related to writing a story
  • My teacher is encouraging me to add some common narrative time transitions and phrases to make it easier for the reader to understand my story's timeline.
  • narrative = related to telling stories
  • In fact it would be narratively satisfying, she considered.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • If our plan is to work, we must wait until it is narratively convenient.
    Dav Pilkey  --  Captain Underpants (# 3) and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty...

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3  —as in:
They advanced their narrative.
Definition an underlying story that fits or advances a way of thinking—such as a political philosophy
  • Her political narrative is that it is heroic to vote for her to save the country from big business interests that are destroying the middle class.
narrative = an underlying story that fits or advances a way of thinking
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Narratives, metaphors, and one-line explainers are central to any political campaign.
  • narratives = underlying stories that fit or advance ways of thinking—such as a political philosophies
  • It's one of her favorite stories because people relate to it and it advances the narrative that government programs started with good intentions often hurt the very people they're supposed to help.
  • narrative = an underlying story that fits or advances a way of thinking
  • Don't fall for their false narrative.
  • narrative = an underlying story that fits or advances a way of thinking
  • Story structure provides political narratives with their power.
narratives = an underlying story that fits or advances a way of thinking

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