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.

Primary Meanings of narrow

1.
adjvn
not wide
make or become more narrow or restricted
a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water
2.
adj
characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination
3.
adj
lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view
Full Definitions of narrow
1

adj not wide

“a narrow bridge”
“a narrow line across the page”
Synonyms:
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
Antonyms:
broad, wide
having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other
comprehensive
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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adj limited in size or scope

“the narrow sense of a word”
Synonyms:
limited
small in range or scope

adj very limited in degree

“won by a narrow margin”
“a narrow escape”
Synonyms:
bare, marginal
just barely adequate or within a lower limit
Antonyms:
wide
great in degree
comfortable
more than adequate
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v make or become more narrow or restricted

“The selection was narrowed
“The road narrowed
Synonyms:
contract
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

v become tight or as if tight

Synonyms:
constrict, constringe
Types:
astringe
become constricted or compressed
strangulate
become constricted
Type of:
tighten
become tight or tighter

v define clearly

“I cannot narrow down the rules for this game”
Synonyms:
nail down, narrow down, peg down, pin down, specify
Types:
concretize
make something concrete
Type of:
determine
fix in scope; fix the boundaries of

v become more focused on an area of activity or field of study

Synonyms:
narrow down, specialise, specialize
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

n a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water

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
2

adj characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination

“a narrow scrutiny”
Synonyms:
minute
careful
exercising caution or showing care or attention
3

adj lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view

“a brilliant but narrow-minded judge”
narrow opinions”
Synonyms:
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
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
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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