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IELTS BNC: 5167 COCA: 3097


1 narrative /ˈnerətɪv/ noun
plural narratives
1 narrative
plural narratives
Learner's definition of NARRATIVE
[count] formal
: a story that is told or written记叙文;叙述;记叙
2 narrative /ˈnerətɪv/ adjective
2 narrative
Learner's definition of NARRATIVE
always used before a noun
: of or relating to the process of telling a story叙述的;故事形式的
: having the form of a story叙事体的
IELTS BNC: 5167 COCA: 3097


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nar·​ra·​tive ˈner-ə-tiv How to pronounce narrative (audio)
: something that is narrated : story, account
He is writing a detailed narrative of his life on the island.
: a way of presenting or understanding a situation or series of events that reflects and promotes a particular point of view or set of values
The rise of the Tea Party and the weakness of the Obama economy have fueled a Republican narrative about Big Government as a threat to liberty … Michael Grunwald
The media narrative around Kelly's appointment had two central ideas … : He would calm and professionalize the White House, and he would provide a more measured leadership style than his boss. Perry Bacon Jr.
: the art or practice of narration
… depended not on narrative but on intensity derived from the verity to make the book jump. Stanley Kauffmann
: the representation in art of an event or story
also : an example of such a representation
the narrative of St. Joan of Arc
narratively adverb


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: having the form of a story or representing a story
a narrative poem
narrative paintings
: of or relating to the process of telling a story
the author's narrative style
the novel's narrative structure

Example Sentences

Noun He is writing a detailed narrative of his life on the island. People have questioned the accuracy of his narrative.
Recent Examples on the Web
McCraw's comments put him in the middle of the vastly changing narrative that laid him and his department open to criticism by the Uvalde mayor, families and others across the nation. Shimon Prokupecz, CNN, 9 Sep. 2022 These qualities placed Frankfurter near the center of the national narrative for the better part of 50 years. Charles S. Dameron, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 This summer's legislative victories helped Biden vanquish the hardening narrative that Democrats were failing to accomplish much of significance despite controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress. Chris Megerian, ajc, 6 Sep. 2022 In terms of narrative and world design, most of the original game has been preserved. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 31 Aug. 2022 As the founder of the Haiti Tech Summit, Ntim is on a mission to change the narrative around Haiti and the potential of emerging market countries. Admin, Essence, 19 Aug. 2022 Using philosophical and startlingly delicate prose, Rojas Contreras spins colonial history, personal narrative and the magical around the axis of her family story. Rosa Boshier, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 Set on an Amish farm, the film started a new narrative and lore for the franchise, straying away from the main storyline of the previous installments. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2022 Making a game can be a lot like making a movie: long, costly and successful only with obsessive focus on elements like narrative and character. Abram Brown, Forbes, 25 July 2022
The Silver Lion, meanwhile, went to the powerful courtroom drama Saint Omer, acclaimed French documentarian Alice Diop’s first foray into narrative filmmaking. Liam Hess, Vogue, 10 Sep. 2022 Working from Davis’ wicked game of narrative telephone, Ma nestles new stories inside each other — and then the littlest matryoshkas tear apart the bigger dolls in a futile quest to escape their form. Hillary Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 Britell took an experimental approach to the music, which threads song and movement into the narrative framework. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 7 Sep. 2022 The fruits of Diop’s compulsive labor are laid bare in her beguiling narrative debut. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Sep. 2022 Unsurprisingly, Peter and Amir’s affair ends badly, and, yes, in bitter tears — but the spinoff’s telling of it lacks the narrative verve and power of the original. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2022 As federal and state antitrust investigations ramp up against Google, Facebook, and Amazon by the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and state attorneys general, narrative resistance also builds. Denise Hearn, Fortune, 25 Aug. 2022 While this proof might mark the end of one narrative thread, the story is far from over — from both a mathematical and a personal standpoint. Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 25 Aug. 2022 Even so, the narrative approach employed here strips away such dramatic embroidery, while fleshing out the old interviews with things like news clips of ordinary folk responding to the twists and turns in Diana's story. Brian Lowry, CNN, 13 Aug. 2022 See More

Word History

First Known Use


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of narrative was in the 15th century
IELTS BNC: 5167 COCA: 3097


ADJECTIVE | VERB + NARRATIVE | NARRATIVE + VERB | NARRATIVE + NOUN | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEpopular通俗的敍述compelling引人入勝的敍述coherent連貫的敍述simple, straightforward簡述;直述complex, detailed複雜的敍述;詳述chronological, linear, sequential按時間順序的/線性的/順序的敍述first-person, third-person第一人稱/第三人稱敍述The book is written in the style of first-person narrative.這本書是以第一人稱寫的。autobiographical, personal自傳式的/個人的敍述He provides a compelling personal narrative of his life.他扣人心弦地描述了自己的一生。fictional, prose小說式的/散文式的敍述film電影敍述traditional傳統的敍述The movie has a very traditional linear narrative.這部電影採用了很傳統的線性敍述方式。biblical, historical《聖經》敍事;歷史敍述dominant佔主導地位的敍述the dominant narrative of the Cold War對冷戰的主要敍述grand, master (especially NAmE) 宏偉的/傑出的敍述the grand narratives of history對歷史的宏偉敍述VERB + NARRATIVEconstruct, create, develop, produce, weave, write構建故事;創作故事;展開敍述;編寫故事It's difficult to construct a narrative out of a series of fast-moving events.很難把紛繁更迭的眾多事件構建成一個故事。She has woven a strong personal narrative filled with lively anecdotes.她編織了一個充滿趣聞佚事、令人難忘的個人故事。interrupt打斷敍述The author interrupts her narrative to tell us that the idea for the book had not been well received.作者打斷了她的敍述,告訴我們這本書的創作構思以前並不受歡迎。offer, present, provide給予/提交/提供敍述This book offers no coherent narrative of the American Civil War.這本書並沒有對美國內戰進行連貫的敍述。weave sth into將⋯編進故事中The author weaves into this narrative many entertaining historical facts.作者將許多有趣的史實編進了這一敍述中。NARRATIVE + VERBbe based on sth敍述基於⋯NARRATIVE + NOUNform, style, technique敍述形式;敍述風格;敍事技巧framework, structure敍事框架/結構flow, thread敍述流;敍事線索interruptions to the narrative flow敍事流的中斷content敍述內容passage, sequence, text敍事段落/順序/文本PREPOSITIONin a/the narrative在敍述中events in the narrative敍述中的事件
IELTS BNC: 5167 COCA: 3097
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0_0: Translations of narrative
  • # n.
    故事: narrative, routine, story, tale
    敘述: depiction, narrative, relation
  • # a.
    記敘體: narrative
    記敘文: narrative

0_0: Definitions of narrative
  • # noun.
    - a spoken or written account of connected events; a story.
    * the hero of his modest narrative
  • # adjective.
    - in the form of or concerned with narration.
    * a narrative poem

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