nar·rate (nărāt′, nă-rāt)
tr.v. nar·rat·ed, nar·rat·ing, nar·rates
1. To give an account of (events, for example) in speech or writing or by means of images. See Synonyms at describe.
2. To supply a running commentary for (a documentary or performance, for example).
[Latin narrāre, narrāt-, from gnārus, knowing; see gnō- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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