When something narrows down, it becomes more specific or focused. The definition of the word is derived from the Old English word for a small stream.

  • The definition of the word narrowed down to just cars.

  • The definition of the word narrowed down to just the types of cars that were allowed.

Definition of narrowing


becoming gradually narrower


tapered, tapering


(of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom


constricting, constrictive


a decrease in width


an instance of becoming narrow


the act of making something narrower

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Example Sentences for narrowing

  • 1

    The width of the properties was comparatively narrow.

  • 2

    The arches are relatively narrow in relation to the width of the shoulders.

  • 3

    The narrow streets of the old city can be clogged with traffic.

  • 4

    A single cab was splashing its way from the narrow corner of the street.

  • 5

    The maze of narrow streets behind the old harbor forms the core of the old town.

  • 6

    These residential buildings are in narrow streets and alleys, making it near to impossible to provide emergency help in case of any mischance.

  • 7

    It is the result of narrowed airways.

  • 8

    The scope of the dread is narrow.

  • 9

    In the Singaporean variant, the noodles are narrower.

  • 10

    The gorge is the narrow section of the valley.