From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishnarrownar‧row1 /ˈnærəʊ $ -roʊ/ ●●● S3 W2 adjective 1 not wideNARROW measuring only a small distance from one side to the other, especially in relation to the length OPP widebroadnarrow street/road/path etc a long narrow road the narrow passage between the cottage and the house his narrow bed The stairs were very narrow. a long, narrow band of cloud2 narrow escape3 narrow victory/defeat/majority/margin etc4 ideas/attitudesPREJUDICED a narrow attitude or way of looking at a situation is too limited and does not consider enough possibilities OPP broad You’ve got a very narrow view of life. Some teachers have a narrow vision of what art is. narrow-minded5 narrow sense/definition6 limited limited in range or number of things OPP broad The company offered only a narrow range of financial services.narrowness noun [uncountable] narrowly, narrows, → the straight and narrow at straight3(2)
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narrowNordic skis are longer, narrower and lighter than Alpine skis.Their interpretation of Christianity is narrow and limiting.Columns that are too narrow are unattractive and difficult to read.We have a long narrow area and the motorway has cut it in half.a narrow black tiea narrow examination of eventsThe road was too narrow for me to overtake the car in front.She climbed through a narrow gap in the fence.Plants cultivated in half-shade have very narrow leaves and resemble some species of Aponogeton.He stood now flush against the side of the bluff on a narrow ledge, his hands over his face.Adjust the starting point so that you avoid a very narrow margin at the perimeter.The Dow, the most closely followed index, though a much narrower one, started the decade at 2,753.A steep, narrow path led down through the woods to the beach.I see narrow roads contoured into the sides of steep slopes.The landed nobility provided tsarism with a perilously narrow social base.There was a narrow stone path, Alexei now saw, around the base of the promontory beyond the buttress.the narrow streets of Italian citiesnarrow street/road/path etcBut at the height of the season, visitors virtually swamp the village, causing major parking problems in the narrow streets.We stopped on one side of the narrow road.Street selling has always centered in the downtown historic district, a maze of narrow streets and crumbling colonial buildings.Canal tours, blue-and-white china, narrow streets - if it were not also a university town it would be merely beautiful.The narrow streets swarmed with young people.Soon, as the large Mercedes climbed narrow roads, the magic of the landscape erased all else from Katherine's mind.They went back to their house through the narrow streets, using a complicated route in case anyone was following them.And now those precarious narrow roads were hard to find.narrow viewAnd the problem is compounded because managers Jan find both the books and the consultants to reinforce their narrow view.She mocks the snobbish, hypocritical and materialistic views of many people and their narrow views.These animals can see objects and judge distances very well, but they have a narrow view.The narrow view is that of our individual human mind.In recent years, a few courts have articulated a narrower view of academic freedom.Unfortunately, Bellesiles takes a narrow view of the subject, asking primarily about the extent of ownership and familiarity with firearms.However, most mathematicians would see this as a very narrow view of their subject.In general, the classical perspective contained a peculiarly narrow view of what it actually is that controls human behaviour.
narrownarrow2 ●○○ verb [intransitive, transitive] 1 NARROWto make something narrower, or to become narrower OPP widen He narrowed his eyes and gazed at the horizon. The track divided into two and narrowed.2 REDUCEif a range, difference etc narrows, or if something narrows it, it becomes less OPP widen The choice of goods available is narrowing. The economic gap between the two halves of the country was beginning to narrow. narrow something ↔ down→ See Verb table
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narrowIssues which are not in dispute should be eliminated and the scope of the disagreement narrowed.The gap between the two candidates has narrowed, and they're starting to panic.William's eyes narrowed as he looked toward the west.Levin and his editors then narrow down the list to 50 people.In the past month, the unions have narrowed most of their election-year efforts to 28 House races.We now need to narrow our focus and concentrate upon the concept of power itself.Parr's thin, keen face had narrowed, strangely.Lawyers said courts in recent years have generally narrowed the copyright protections for software, but the rulings are not uniform.But you can narrow the odds of a nasty accident happening in your home by being more safety-conscious.Contractors will narrow the road to two lanes.narrowed ... eyesHe stood still a moment and stared at Sir John through narrowed eyes.Max looked at her through narrowed eyes.He narrowed his eyes and took off the spectacles, praying breathlessly.She narrowed her eyes at Guido.There was a hint of mania at the corners of Defries's narrowed eyes, at the edges of her pursed mouth.Quiss narrowed his eyes at the pupil which seemed to be looking at him. indeed out of the corner of its eye.
From King Business Dictionarynarrownar‧row1 /ˈnærəʊ-roʊ/ adjective1small in amountThe polls give Mr. Edwards a narrow lead.Analysts had expected a narrow decline in pretax earnings.The Senate rejected the bid by a narrow margin (=it was almost accepted).2including only a small number of parts or thingsfirms that make a narrow range of goodsthe country’s weak and narrow economic base3in a narrow rangeFINANCE if shares, currencies etc trade in a narrow range, their price does not go up or down very muchThe dollar had been trading in a narrow range against the yen.4FINANCE a narrow market is one in which the buying or selling of shares has a great effect on their price, for example because there are only a small number of them availableCobalt is traded in a narrow market which means speculators can drive prices up or down rapidly.narrownarrow2 verb [intransitive, transitive] (also narrow down) to become less or to make something less in range, difference etcGrowing competition for contracts will narrow profit margins.The gap between the two companies is clearly narrowing.The choice was quickly narrowed down to Luxembourg or Dublin.narrowing noun [singular]There has been a narrowing of differences between the parties.narrowing adjectivethe narrowing price gap between domestic and imported vehicles→ See Verb tableOrigin narrow1 Old English nearu