describe

describe
de|scribe
W1S1 [dıˈskraıb] v [T]
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: describere, from scribere 'to write']
1.) to say what something or someone is like by giving details about them
The police asked her to describe the two men.
An alternative approach to the problem is described in Chapter 3.
describe sb/sth as (being/having) sth
After the operation her condition was described as comfortable.
The youth is described as being 18 to 19 years old.
describe how/why/what etc
It's difficult to describe how I feel.
describe sb/sth to sb
So describe this new boyfriend to me!
describe doing sth
He described finding his mother lying on the floor.
2.) describe a circle/an arc etc
formal to make a movement which forms the shape of a circle etc
Her hand described a circle in the air.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Describe — De*scribe , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Described}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Describing}.] [L. describere, descriptum; de + scribere to write: cf. OE. descriven, OF. descrivre, F. d[ e]crire. See {Scribe}, and cf. {Descry}.] 1. To represent by drawing; to draw… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • describe — I verb annotate, be specific, characterize, clarify, define, delineate, depict, depingere, describere, detail, elucidate, explain, explicare, expound, give an account, identify, illuminate, illustrate, itemize, make clear, make plain, make vivid …   Law dictionary

  • Describe — De*scribe , v. i. To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • describe — early 13c., descriven, from O.Fr. descrivre, descrire (13c.), from L. describere to write down, copy; sketch, represent (see DESCRIPTION (Cf. description)). Reconstructed with Latin spelling 16c. Related: Describable; described, describes,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • describe — *relate, narrate, state, report, rehearse, recite, recount Analogous words: delineate, *sketch, outline …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • describe — [v] explain in speech, writing call, characterize, chronicle, communicate, construe, convey image, define, delineate, depict, detail, distinguish, draw, elucidate, epitomize, exemplify, explicate, expound, express, illuminate, illustrate, image,… …   New thesaurus

  • describe — ► VERB 1) give a detailed account in words of. 2) mark out or draw (a geometrical figure). DERIVATIVES describable adjective describer noun. ORIGIN Latin describere write down …   English terms dictionary

  • describe — [di skrīb′] vt. described, describing [ME descriven < OFr descrivre < L describere, to copy down, transcribe < de , from + scribere, to write: see SCRIBE] 1. to tell or write about; give a detailed account of 2. to picture in words 3. to …   English World dictionary

  • describe */*/*/ — UK [dɪˈskraɪb] / US verb [transitive] Word forms describe : present tense I/you/we/they describe he/she/it describes present participle describing past tense described past participle described 1) a) to give details about what someone or… …   English dictionary

  • describe — de|scribe [ dı skraıb ] verb transitive *** 1. ) to give details about what someone or something is like: The e mail system is fully described in section 10. I don t think that s quite the word to describe my feelings. describe someone/something… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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