1 constricted, slender, slim, thin, restricted, straitened, attenuated, narrowed; narrowing, tapering:
We squeezed through the narrow passage to freedom.
2 confined, confining, limited, cramped, close, meagre, pinched, tight, incommodious:
I awoke in a cell so narrow I could scarcely move.
3 strict, careful, close, precise, exact, exacting, demanding, finicky, finical, sharp, meticulous, scrupulous, fussy, rigid, searching, critical:
The suspected forgeries were submitted to the narrow scrutiny of several experts.
4 restricted, limited, circumscribed, proscribed, denotative:
I learnt the meaning of charity in its narrowest sense.
6 close, hairbreadth, lucky:
I'd had a very narrow escape, for the bullet just grazed my scalp.
7 stingy, niggardly, parsimonious, miserly, tight, sparing, tight-fisted, mean, mercenary Brit mingy, Dialectal near, Colloq close:
He was so narrow he barely allowed himself the essentials.
8 constrict, limit, qualify, reduce, lessen, diminish, decrease:
She narrowed her chances of winning by buying only one lottery ticket
9 limit, restrict, focus, confine, concentrate, narrow down:
They have narrowed the search for the boy to the area near Chester.
10 narrows. strait(s), channel, passage:
The vessel approached the narrows at dead slow speed.
1 of a road/river/gap/range
considerably | a bit, a little, slightly
The river narrows a little here.
The gap between the two parties narrowed sharply in the days before the election.
By the final round the gap had narrowed to three votes.
2 of eyes
Though her eyes narrowed fractionally, she made no comment.
| suddenly | dangerously, shrewdly, speculatively, suspiciously, thoughtfully
The blue eyes narrowed thoughtfully.
Her eyes narrowed against the sun.
His eyes suddenly narrowed at the sight of her.
His eyes narrowed to slits.
His eyes narrowed with suspicion. adj
1 not wide
be, look, seem | become, get
extremely, very | a bit, fairly, quite, rather, relatively
The pass gets quite narrow towards the east.
be, seem | become
excessively, extremely, peculiarly, very | increasingly | comparatively, fairly, quite, rather, relatively, somewhat
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