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British English: /ˈnarəʊ/
American English: /ˈnɛroʊ/

Translation of narrow in French:

also: narrows plural noun


  • 1 (in breadth)
    (street, valley, gap, vase, room, bridge, face)
    to grow ou become narrow
    (road, river)
    se rétrécir
    se resserrer
    to have narrow eyes
    avoir des petits yeux
    he is narrow across the shoulders, his shoulders are narrow
  • 2 (in scope)
    (range, choice)
    (issue, field, boundaries, group, sense, definition)
    (vision, life, interests, understanding)
    (views, version)
    étriqué [pejorative]
  • 3 (in degree)
    (majority, margin)
    faible (before n)
    to have a narrow lead
    avoir une légère avance
    to suffer a narrow defeat
    perdre de justesse
    to win a narrow victory
    gagner de justesse
    to win by the narrowest of margins
    gagner d'une extrême justesse
    to have a narrow escape ou a narrow squeak [informal] (British English) that was a narrow squeak [informal]! (British English)
    on l'a échappé belle!
  • 4 (in size, shape)
    (shoes, jacket, dress, skirt, trousers)

transitive verb

  • 1 (limit)
    limiter (choice, range, field, options) (to à)
    restreindre (sense, definition) (to à)
  • 2 (reduce)
    réduire (gap, deficit, margin) (from de) (to à)
    Elliott has narrowed the gap (in race, poll)
    Elliott a réduit l'écart
  • 3 (reduce breadth of)
    rétrécir (road, path, arteries)
    to narrow one's eyes
    plisser les yeux

intransitive verb

  • 1 (in breadth)
    (street, lake, corridor)
    se rétrécir
    (valley, arteries)
    se resserrer
    the road narrowed to a track
    la route se rétrécissait au point de devenir un chemin
    her eyes narrowed
    elle plissait les yeux
  • 2 (fall off)
    (gap, deficit, margin, lead)
    se réduire (to à)
  • 3 (in scope)
    se limiter (to à)

also: narrowing present participle adjective

  • (street, channel, passage)
    qui se rétrécit
    (gap, deficit, field)
    qui se réduit


the straight and narrow

to keep to/wander from the straight and narrow

rester dans le/s'écarter du droit chemin

Phrasal verbs

narrow down

(investigation, search)
se limiter (to à)
(field of contestants, suspects)
se réduire (to à)
2 narrow [something] down, narrow down [something]
réduire (numbers, list, choice) (to à)
limiter (investigation, research) (to à)
Definition of narrow in:
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