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"narrow" in British English

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narrowadjective

uk   /ˈnær.əʊ/  us   /-oʊ/

narrow adjective (SMALL WIDTH)

B1 having a ​smalldistance from one ​side to the other, ​especially in ​comparison with the ​length: a narrow ​bridge/​passage/​gap a narrow ​face narrow ​feet The little ​village has very narrow streets.
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narrow adjective (LIMITED)

C2 mainly disapproving limited to a ​smallarea of ​interest, ​activity, or ​thought: They are ​unable to ​see beyond the narrow ​world of the ​theatre. It was ​regarded as a very narrow ​interpretation of the ​law.
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narrow adjective (ONLY JUST)

A narrow ​result is one that could ​easily have been different because the ​amount by which someone ​failed or ​succeeded was very ​small: The ​election was ​won by the very narrow margin of only 185 ​votes. The ​opposition had a narrow defeat. We ​won a narrow victory.a narrow escape C2 a ​situation in which you ​avoiddangeralthough you very ​nearly do not: We got out in ​time but it was a narrow ​escape.
narrowness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/

narrowverb

uk   /ˈnær.əʊ/  us   /-oʊ/

narrow verb (LESS WIDE)

C1 [I or T] to ​become less ​wide or to make something less ​wide: The ​road narrows after the ​bridge. He narrowed his eyes in ​suspicion. They have narrowed the ​focus of the ​investigation, to ​concentrate on ​youngeradults.figurative We must ​strive to narrow the ​gap between ​rich and ​poor.

narrow verb (LESS)

C2 [I] to ​become less: The retailer's ​loss narrowed to $3 million from $10 million a ​yearearlier.
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(Definition of narrow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"narrow" in American English

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narrowadjective

 us   /ˈnær·oʊ/

narrow adjective (SMALL)

having a ​smalldistance from one ​side to the other: Scenes from the ​movie were ​filmed in some of Rome’s ​ancient, narrow ​streets. Narrow also ​meansslight, esp. as a ​measure of ​difference: He was ​defeated in the ​election by a narrow ​margin. It was a narrow ​victory, with the ​golftournamentdecided by a ​singlestroke. Narrow also ​means only just ​successful: He had a narrow ​escape, getting out of the ​car just before it ​burst into ​flames.

narrow adjective (LIMITED)

limited in ​range: The ​localnewspapertends to ​focus on narrow ​regionalissues.

narrowverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈnær·oʊ/

narrow verb [I/T] (BECOME SMALLER)

to ​become or make something narrower or ​smaller: [I] The ​road narrows from four ​lanes to two when you ​leavetown. [T] Senate ​leadersmet again to ​try to narrow the ​budgetdeficit.
(Definition of narrow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"narrow" in Business English

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narrowadjective

uk   us   /ˈnærəʊ/
extremely ​small: a narrow margin/defeat/victory/lead The ​election was ​won by a narrow ​margin of 85 ​votes.
including only a ​smallnumber of things: Specialization by ​developing countries in a narrow ​range of ​commodities had ​left them vulnerable to ​external shocks. With little ​moneyavailable, the policymakers ​established narrow ​eligibilitycriteria and ​limited the ​number of ​grants.
in a narrow range FINANCE if something ​trades in a narrow ​range, it does not go up and down very much in ​price: Dealers in London described ​trading as ​light with ​prices continuing to ​trade in a narrow ​range.

narrowverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈnærəʊ/
[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 ​profitmargins.
(Definition of narrow from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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