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Definition 1: a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water - [noun denoting object]

(narrow is a kind of ...) a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water

(... is an instance of narrow) a narrow channel of water separating Staten Island and Brooklyn

Definition 2: make or become more narrow or restricted - [verb of change]

Samples where narrow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The selection was narrowed
  • The road narrowed

Synonyms for narrow in the sense of this definition

(narrow is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of narrow ) become narrow, like a bottleneck

"Right by the bridge, the road bottlenecks"

(... is a kind of narrow ) become smaller or less active

"Business tapered off"

Definition 3: become tight or as if tight - [verb of change]

Samples where narrow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her throat constricted

Synonyms for narrow in the sense of this definition

(narrow is a kind of ...) become tight or tighter

"The rope tightened"

(... is a kind of narrow ) become constricted or compressed

"The cold substance astringes"

(... is a kind of narrow ) become constricted

"The hernia will strangulate"

Definition 4: become more focused on an area of activity or field of study - [verb of change]

Samples where narrow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She specializes in Near Eastern history

Synonyms for narrow in the sense of this definition

(narrow is a kind of ...) become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

"her mood changes in accordance with the weather" "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"

(... is a kind of narrow ) become overly specialized

"She overspecialized when she concentrated on verbs in Fijian"

Definition 5: define clearly - [verb of cognition]

Samples where narrow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I cannot narrow down the rules for this game

Synonyms for narrow in the sense of this definition

(narrow is a kind of ...) fix in scope; fix the boundaries of

"the tree determines the border of the property"

(... is a kind of narrow ) make something concrete

Definition 6: not wide - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where narrow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a narrow bridge
  • a narrow line across the page

(narrow is similar to ...) becoming gradually narrower

"long tapering fingers" "trousers with tapered legs"

(narrow is similar to ...) long and narrow like a strap

"straplike leaves"

(narrow is similar to ...) narrow

"strait is the gate"

(narrow is similar to ...) very narrow

"a thin line across the page"

(narrow is similar to ...) having a narrow mouth

(narrow is similar to ...) reduced in size as by squeezing together

"his narrowed eyes"

(narrow is similar to ...) (of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom

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

"thin wire" "a thin chiffon blouse" "a thin book" "a thin layer of paint"

(means also ...) small in range or scope

"limited war" "a limited success" "a limited circle of friends"

(means also ...) lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view

"a brilliant but narrow-minded judge" "narrow opinions"

(... are attributes of narrow) the extent of something from side to side

Definition 7: very limited in degree - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where narrow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • won by a narrow margin
  • a narrow escape

(narrow is similar to ...) just barely adequate or within a lower limit

"a bare majority" "a marginal victory"

Definition 8: lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where narrow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a brilliant but narrow-minded judge
  • narrow opinions

Synonyms for narrow in the sense of this definition

(narrow is similar to ...) not ready to receive to new ideas

(narrow is similar to ...) characterized by assertion of unproved or unprovable principles

(narrow is similar to ...) narrow-minded about cherished opinions

(narrow is similar to ...) obstinate in your opinions

(narrow is similar to ...) contemptibly narrow in outlook

"petty little comments" "disgusted with their small-minded pettiness"

(means also ...) not wide

"a narrow bridge" "a narrow line across the page"

Definition 9: characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where narrow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for narrow in the sense of this definition

(narrow is similar to ...) exercising caution or showing care or attention

"they were careful when crossing the busy street" "be careful to keep her shoes clean" "did very careful research" "careful art restorers" "careful of the rights of others" "careful about one's behavior"

Definition 10: limited in size or scope - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where narrow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the narrow sense of a word

(narrow is similar to ...) small in range or scope

"limited war" "a limited success" "a limited circle of friends"

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