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NARROW

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does narrow mean? 

NARROW (noun)
  The noun NARROW has 1 sense:

1. a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water

  Familiarity information: NARROW used as a noun is very rare.


NARROW (adjective)
  The adjective NARROW has 5 senses:

1. not wide
2. limited in size or scope
3. lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view
4. very limited in degree
5. characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination

  Familiarity information: NARROW used as an adjective is common.


NARROW (verb)
  The verb NARROW has 4 senses:

1. make or become more narrow or restricted
2. define clearly
3. become more special
4. become tight or as if tight

  Familiarity information: NARROW used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


NARROW (noun)


Sense 1narrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A narrow strait connecting two bodies of water

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("narrow" is a kind of...):

sound; strait (a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water)

Instance hyponyms:

Verrazano Narrows (a narrow channel of water separating Staten Island and Brooklyn)


NARROW (adjective)


Sense 1narrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not wide

Context examples:

a narrow bridge / a narrow line across the page

Similar:

narrow-mouthed (having a narrow mouth)

strait (strict and severe)

slender; thin (very narrow)

narrowing; tapered; tapering (becoming gradually narrower)

narrowed (reduced in size as by squeezing together)

constricting; constrictive; narrowing ((of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom)

straplike (long and narrow like a strap)

Also:

thin (of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section)

limited (small in range or scope)

narrow; narrow-minded (lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view)

Attribute:

breadth; width (the extent of something from side to side)

Antonym:

wide (having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other)


Sense 2narrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Limited in size or scope

Context example:

the narrow sense of a word

Similar:

limited (small in range or scope)


Sense 3narrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view

Synonyms:

narrow-minded; narrow

Context examples:

a brilliant but narrow-minded judge / narrow opinions

Similar:

petty; small-minded (contemptibly narrow in outlook)

opinionated; opinionative; self-opinionated (obstinate in your opinions)

illiberal; intolerant (narrow-minded about cherished opinions)

dogmatic; dogmatical (characterized by assertion of unproved or unprovable principles)

close-minded; closed-minded (not ready to receive to new ideas)

Also:

narrow (not wide)


Sense 4narrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very limited in degree

Context examples:

won by a narrow margin / a narrow escape

Similar:

bare; marginal (just barely adequate or within a lower limit)

Antonym:

wide (great in degree)


Sense 5narrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination

Synonyms:

minute; narrow

Context examples:

a minute inspection of the grounds / a narrow scrutiny / an exact and minute report

Similar:

careful (exercising caution or showing care or attention)


NARROW (verb)


Sense 1narrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make or become more narrow or restricted

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

narrow; contract

Context examples:

The selection was narrowed / The road narrowed

Hypernyms (to "narrow" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "narrow"):

bottleneck (become narrow, like a bottleneck)

taper off (become smaller or less active)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Antonym:

widen (become broader or wider or more extensive)

Also:

narrow down (become more special)


Sense 2narrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Define clearly

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

pin down; narrow down; peg down; narrow; nail down; specify

Context example:

I cannot narrow down the rules for this game

Hypernyms (to "narrow" is one way to...):

determine (fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; the tree determines the border of the property)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "narrow"):

concretize (make something concrete)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3narrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become more special

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

specialize; narrow down; narrow; specialise

Context example:

We specialize in dried flowers

Hypernyms (to "narrow" is one way to...):

alter; change; vary (make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "narrow"):

overspecialise; overspecialize (become overly specialized)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4narrow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become tight or as if tight

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

constringe; constrict; narrow

Context example:

Her throat constricted

Hypernyms (to "narrow" is one way to...):

tighten (become tight or tighter)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "narrow"):

astringe (become constricted or compressed)

strangulate (become constricted)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something


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