Meaning of “narrowly” in the English Dictionary

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"narrowly" in British English

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uk /ˈnær.əʊ.li/ us /ˈner.oʊ.li/

B2 only by a small amount:

She narrowly missed winning the race.

in a limited way:

a narrowly interpreted law

formal carefully or in a way that shows doubt:

The officer looked at him narrowly through half-closed eyes.

More examples

  • The proposal to change the rules was narrowly defeated by 201 votes to 196.
  • He narrowly escaped a fine.
  • The plane narrowly avoided disaster when one of the engines cut out on take-off.
  • The nationalists were narrowly beaten in the local election.

(Definition of “narrowly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"narrowly" in American English

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us /ˈnær·ə·li/

by a very small number or amount:

Voters narrowly defeated the proposed school budget.

(Definition of “narrowly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)