Definition of narrowly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnarəʊli/


1Only just; by only a small margin: the party was narrowly defeated in the elections
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  • He made to swipe me with the bottle, narrowly missing my face and catching me in the shoulder instead.
  • Later, she claimed, two further women in her party were narrowly missed by a Land Rover.
  • He's leading in New Hampshire narrowly or within the margin of run of most polls.
only just, just, barely, scarcely, hardly, by a hair's breadth, by a very small margin, by the narrowest of margins, by the skin of one's teeth, by a nose
informal by a whisker
2Closely or carefully: he was looking at her narrowly
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  • In addition, our attention becomes more narrowly focused on the physical source of our pleasure.
  • Tim watched Anna narrowly as her attention and her hands wandered below his waist.
  • She scanned the baby narrowly, then looked as searchingly at Sandra, whose face was turned to gaze across the fields.
closely, carefully, searchingly, scrutinizingly, attentively;
3In a limited or restricted way: narrowly defined tasks
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  • It's just that their conception of what constitutes support is limited very narrowly to career advancement.
  • They get to control it, for a limited time and it should be more narrowly limited than it is right now.
  • Terrorism must be defined far more narrowly than in this proposal.

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