nar|row1 W2S3 [ˈnærəu US -rou] adj
1¦(not wide)¦
2 narrow escape
3 narrow victory/defeat/majority/margin etc
5 narrow sense/definition
[: Old English; Origin: nearu]
1.) ¦(NOT WIDE)¦
measuring only a small distance from one side to the other, especially in relation to the length
≠ ↑wide
narrow 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 cloud
2.) narrow escape
a situation in which you only just avoid danger, difficulties, or trouble
A woman had a narrow escape yesterday when her car left the road.
He was shaken by his narrow escape from death.
3.) narrow victory/defeat/majority/margin etc
a win etc that is only just achieved or happens by only a small amount
The president won a narrow victory in the election.
He persuaded a narrow majority of the party to support the government.
Scotland eventually won the match by the narrow margin of 5-4.
a narrow attitude or way of looking at a situation is too limited and does not consider enough possibilities
You've got a very narrow view of life.
Some teachers have a narrow vision of what art is.
5.) narrow sense/definition
a meaning of a word that is exact or limited
I use the word 'neighbour' in its more precise or narrower sense.
6.) ¦(LIMITED)¦
limited in range or number of things
The company offered only a narrow range of financial services.
>narrowness n [U]
→↑narrowly, narrows,the straight and narrow atstraight3 (2)
narrow 2
narrow2 v [I and T]
1.) to make something narrower or to become narrower
He narrowed his eyes and gazed at the horizon.
The track divided into two and narrowed.
2.) if a range, difference etc narrows, or if something narrows it, it becomes less
The choice of goods available is narrowing.
The economic gap between the two halves of the country was beginning to narrow.
narrow down [narrow sth<=>down] phr v
to reduce the number of things included in a range
The police have narrowed down their list of suspects.
narrow something<=>down to
I've narrowed it down to one of two people (=there are now only two people to choose between) .

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