narrate used in
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
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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)
He listened attentively to my narration of the circumstances leading to the savage outrage, and gave many proofs of his strong indignation at it.
Chapter 10 (93% in)
Whilst I am detailing bloody deeds which took place during my stay on Colonel Lloyd's plantation, I will briefly narrate another, which occurred about the same time as the murder of Demby by Mr. Gore.
Chapter 4 (89% in)
But before narrating any of the peculiar circumstances, I deem it proper to make known my intention not to state all the facts connected with the transaction.
Chapter 11 (1% in)
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