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Definition of narrow verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

narrow

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈnærəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnæroʊ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they narrow
BrE BrE//ˈnærəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnæroʊ//
 
he / she / it narrows
BrE BrE//ˈnærəʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnæroʊz//
 
past simple narrowed
BrE BrE//ˈnærəʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnæroʊd//
 
past participle narrowed
BrE BrE//ˈnærəʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnæroʊd//
 
-ing form narrowing
BrE BrE//ˈnærəʊɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnæroʊɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to become or make something narrower This is where the river narrows. The gap between the two teams has narrowed to three points. Her eyes narrowed (= almost closed) menacingly. His eyes narrowed to slits. narrow something He narrowed his eyes at her. We need to try and narrow the health divide between rich and poor. Word Origin Old English nearu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch naar ‘dismal, unpleasant’ and German Narbe ‘scar’. Early senses in English included ‘constricted’ and ‘mean’.Extra examples By the final round the gap had narrowed to three votes. Her eyes narrowed against the sun. Her eyes narrowed in anger. Her eyes narrowed slightly as she studied the woman. His blue eyes narrowed suspiciously. His eyes narrowed with suspicion. His eyes suddenly narrowed at the sight of her. Lee’s eyes narrowed against the harsh glare of the sun. Left untreated, the arteries will gradually narrow, restricting the flow of blood. The blue eyes narrowed thoughtfully. The gap between the candidates has narrowed significantly. The gap between the two parties narrowed sharply in the days before the election. The river narrows a little here. The trade deficit with China narrowed slightly. Though her eyes narrowed fractionally, she made no comment. This is where the road narrows. We need to narrow the health divide between rich and poor. Phrasal Verbsnarrow somethingdown (to something)
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