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narrate

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Definition to tell a story-possibly as the main voice in a documentary; or a character who speaks to the audience in a performance
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)
  • She narrates the story with the wisdom of an older woman looking back on life.
narrates = writes or tells (a story)
  • She avoided eye contact as she narrated the story of how she ended up in prison.
  • narrated = told (a story)
  • Oprah Winfrey narrated the U.S. release of the documentary series Life.
  • narrated = was the voice that told the story while tying the scenes of the documentary together
  • I loved Peter Faulk's narration of the movie The Princess Bride.
  • narration = the process of telling a story (in this case the non-dialogue words in the movie that are directed to the audience)
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Reese Witherspoon narrates the audio edition of the book.
  • narrates = tells (a story)
  • Who will narrate Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf?
  • narrate = tell (the story—in this case interspersed with a primarily musical performance)
  • AIA is about this girl named Anna (who narrates the story) and her one-eyed mom, who is a professional gardener obsessed with tulips, and they have a normal lower-middleclass life in a little central California town until Anna gets this rare blood cancer.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • narrates = tells (a story)
  • Rutherford flicked his cigar as if the narration had excited him quite as much as he hoped it had me.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • _ Le Don was instantly released, upon our narration of the circumstances (with some comments from Dupin) at the bureau of the Prefect of Police.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He was very happy because he thought if I could remember and narrate such detail then my memory must be fine.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • The poor girl's wretchedness at this time was beyond all fancy or narration.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Milady therefore continued, coloring her narrations more and more.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • Judge Scott shook his head sadly at luncheon table, when his son narrated the lesson he had given White Fang.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Gavril, of course, was in a corner, speaking into a camera, narrating the events as they happened.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • John starts talking, but only in English: he is narrating what he sees, in the tone of a reporter.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • We listen to classical KUSC on my car radio and it's like having a DJ on board, with Nathaniel narrating and patiently tutoring me.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I was narrating the part on the horrors of the old China.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • She said nothing, however, till the narration was all done, and matters had been brought up to the present time.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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