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descry

[dih-skrahy] /dɪˈskraɪ/
verb (used with object), descried, descrying.
1.
to see (something unclear or distant) by looking carefully; discern; espy:
The lookout descried land.
2.
to discover; perceive; detect.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English descrien < Old French de(s)crïer to proclaim, decry. See dis-1, cry
Related forms
descrier, noun
undescried, adjective
undescrying, adjective
Can be confused
decry, descry (see synonym study at decry)
Synonyms
1. notice.
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British Dictionary definitions for de scry

descry

/dɪˈskraɪ/
verb (transitive) -scries, -scrying, -scried
1.
to discern or make out; catch sight of
2.
to discover by looking carefully; detect
Derived Forms
descrier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French descrier to proclaim, decry
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Word Origin and History for de scry

descry

v.

"to see, discern," c.1300, probably from Old French descrier "publish" (Modern French décrier), from Latin describere (see describe).

"to proclaim," mid-14c., from Old French descrier, from des- (see dis-) + crier, from Latin quiritare (see cry (v.)).

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