narrow

Narrow means less wide or to make less wide. When you narrow down your choices, you decrease the number of choices. A road might be too narrow for a car.

When used to describe something physical such as a street or hips, narrow simply means not wide. Similarly, with quantities it means not much like when you win your basketball game by a narrow margin. But if you use it to describe an attitude, it has the negative meaning of not wide or open enough. If you're narrow-minded, you don't see the big picture –– sometimes it means you think in narrow stereotypes.

Definitions of narrow
  1. adjective
    not wide
    “a narrow bridge”
    “a narrow line across the page”
    Synonyms:
    blinkered, narrow-minded
    lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view
    limited
    small in range or scope
    thin
    of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section
    constricting, constrictive, narrowing
    (of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom
    narrowed
    reduced in size as by squeezing together
    narrow-mouthed
    having a narrow mouth
    slender, thin
    very narrow
    strait
    narrow
    straplike
    long and narrow like a strap
    narrowing, tapered, tapering
    becoming gradually narrower
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    broad, wide
    having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other
    comprehensive, overarching
    including all or everything
    thick
    not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions
    beamy
    broad in the beam
    bird's-eye, panoramic
    as from an altitude or distance
    broad-brimmed
    (of hats) having a broad brim
    deep
    extending relatively far inward
    fanlike
    resembling a fan
    sweeping
    taking in or moving over (or as if over) a wide area; often used in combination
    wide-screen
    (motion pictures) projected on a screen with much greater width than height
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  2. adjective
    limited in size or scope
    “the narrow sense of a word”
    Synonyms:
    limited
    small in range or scope
  3. adjective
    very limited in degree
    “won by a narrow margin”
    “a narrow escape”
    Synonyms:
    bare, marginal
    just barely adequate or within a lower limit
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    Antonyms:
    wide
    great in degree
    comfortable
    more than adequate
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  4. verb
    make or become more narrow or restricted
    “The selection was narrowed
    “The road narrowed
    synonyms: contract
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    Antonyms:
    widen
    become broader or wider or more extensive
    types:
    bottleneck
    become narrow, like a bottleneck
    taper off
    become smaller or less active
    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  5. verb
    become tight or as if tight
    synonyms: constrict, constringe
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    types:
    astringe
    become constricted or compressed
    strangulate
    become constricted
    type of:
    tighten
    become tight or tighter
  6. verb
    define clearly
    “I cannot narrow down the rules for this game”
    synonyms: nail down, narrow down, peg down, pin down, specify
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    concretise, concretize
    make something concrete
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    determine
    fix in scope; fix the boundaries of
  7. verb
    become more focused on an area of activity or field of study
    synonyms: narrow down, specialise, specialize
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    Antonyms:
    branch out, broaden, diversify
    vary in order to spread risk or to expand
    types:
    overspecialise, overspecialize
    become overly specialized
    type of:
    alter, change, vary
    become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
  8. noun
    a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water
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    examples:
    Verrazano Narrows
    a narrow channel of water separating Staten Island and Brooklyn
    type of:
    sound, strait
    a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
  9. adjective
    characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination
    “a narrow scrutiny”
    synonyms: minute
    careful
    exercising caution or showing care or attention
  10. adjective
    lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view
    “a brilliant but narrow-minded judge”
    narrow opinions”
    synonyms: blinkered, narrow-minded
    close-minded, closed-minded
    not ready to receive to new ideas
    dogmatic, dogmatical
    characterized by assertion of unproved or unprovable principles
    illiberal, intolerant
    narrow-minded about cherished opinions
    opinionated, opinionative, self-opinionated
    obstinate in your opinions
    petty, small-minded
    contemptibly narrow in outlook
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    Antonyms:
    broad-minded
    inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own
    broad, large-minded, liberal, tolerant
    showing or characterized by broad-mindedness
    catholic
    comprehensive or broad-minded in tastes or interests; free from provincial prejudices or attachments
    free-thinking, latitudinarian, undogmatic, undogmatical
    unwilling to accept authority or dogma (especially in religion)
    open-minded
    ready to entertain new ideas
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