I. narrow nar‧row 1 [ˈnærəʊ ǁ -roʊ] adjective
1. small in amount:

• The polls give Mr. Edwards a narrow lead.

• Analysts had expected a narrow decline in pretax earnings.

• The Senate rejected the bid by a narrow margin (= it was almost accepted ) .

2. including only a small number of parts or things:

• firms that make a narrow range of goods

• the country's weak and narrow economic base

3. in a narrow range FINANCE if shares, currencies etc trade in a narrow range, their price does not go up or down very much:

• The dollar had been trading in a narrow range against the yen.

4. FINANCE a narrow market is one in which the buying or selling of shares has a great effect on their price, for example because there are only a small number of them available:

• Cobalt is traded in a narrow market which means speculators can drive prices up or down rapidly.

  [m0] II. narrow narrow 2 verb [intransitive, transitive]
also narrow down to become less or to make something less in range, difference etc:

• Growing competition for contracts will narrow profit margins.

• The gap between the two companies is clearly narrowing.

• The choice was quickly narrowed down to Luxembourg or Dublin.

— narrowing noun [singular] :

• There has been a narrowing of differences between the parties.

— narrowing adjective :

• the narrowing price gap between domestic and imported vehicles

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narrow UK US /ˈnærəʊ/ adjective
extremely small: a narrow margin/defeat/victory/lead »

The election was won by a narrow margin of 85 votes.

including only a small number of things: »

Specialization by developing countries in a narrow range of commodities had left them vulnerable to external shocks.


With little money available, the policymakers established narrow eligibility criteria and limited the number of grants.

in a narrow range — Cf. in a narrow range
narrow UK US /ˈnærəʊ/ verb [I or T]
[I] to become less in amount, or to make something become less in amount: narrow to sth (from sth) »

The retailer's loss narrowed to $3 million from $10 million a year earlier.


a narrowing gap/difference/deficit

narrowing noun [S or U]

Rising costs caused some narrowing of profit margins.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • Narrow — Nar row (n[a^]r r[ o]), a. [Compar. {Narrower} (n[a^]r r[ o]*[ e]r); superl. {Narrowest}.] [OE. narwe, naru, AS. nearu; akin to OS. naru, naro.] 1. Of little breadth; not wide or broad; having little distance from side to side; as, a narrow… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • narrow — [nar′ō, ner′ō] adj. [ME narwe < OE nearu, akin to MDu nare, OS naru < IE base * (s)ner , to turn, twist > SNARE, Gr narkē, stupor] 1. small in width as compared to length; esp., less wide than is customary, standard, or expected; not… …   English World dictionary

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  • narrow — ► ADJECTIVE (narrower, narrowest) 1) of small width in comparison to length. 2) limited in extent, amount, or scope. 3) barely achieved: a narrow escape. ► VERB 1) become or make narrower. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • Narrow — Nar row, n.; pl. {Narrows}. A narrow passage; esp., a contracted part of a stream, lake, or sea; a strait connecting two bodies of water; usually in the plural; as, The Narrows of New York harbor. [1913 Webster] Near the island lay on one side… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Narrow — Nar row, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Narrowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Narrowing}.] [AS. nearwian.] 1. To lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass; to reduce the width or extent of. Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] 2. To contract the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Narrow — Nar row, v. i. 1. To become less broad; to contract; to become narrower; as, the sea narrows into a strait. [1913 Webster] 2. (Man.) Not to step out enough to the one hand or the other; as, a horse narrows. Farrier s Dict. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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