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English adjective: narrow

1. narrow not wide

SamplesA narrow bridge.
A narrow line across the page.

Similarconstricting, constrictive, narrow-mouthed, narrowed, narrowing, narrowing, slender, strait, straplike, tapered, tapering, thin

See alsolimited, narrow, narrow-minded, thin

Attributebreadth, width

Antonymsbroad, wide

2. narrow limited in size or scope

SamplesThe narrow sense of a word.


Antonymsunlimited, limitless

3. narrow lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view

SamplesA brilliant but narrow-minded judge.
Narrow opinions.


Similarclose-minded, closed-minded, dogmatic, dogmatical, illiberal, intolerant, opinionated, opinionative, petty, self-opinionated, small-minded

See alsonarrow


4. narrow very limited in degree

SamplesWon by a narrow margin.
A narrow escape.

Similarbare, marginal


5. narrow characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination

SamplesA minute inspection of the grounds.
A narrow scrutiny.
An exact and minute report.




English noun: narrow

1. narrow (object) a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water

Broader (hypernym)sound, strait

Instance hyponymVerrazano Narrows

English verb: narrow

1. narrow (change) make or become more narrow or restricted

SamplesThe selection was narrowed.
The road narrowed.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)bottleneck, taper off


2. narrow (cognition) define clearly

SamplesI cannot narrow down the rules for this game.

Synonymsnail down, narrow down, peg down, pin down, specify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)determine

Narrower (hyponym)concretize

3. narrow (change) become more focus on an area of activity or field of study

SamplesShe specializes in Near Eastern history.

Synonymsnarrow down, specialise, specialize

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, vary

Narrower (hyponym)overspecialise, overspecialize

Antonymsbranch out, broaden, diversify

4. narrow (change) become tight or as if tight

SamplesHer throat constricted.

Synonymsconstrict, constringe

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)tighten

Narrower (hyponym)astringe, strangulate

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