Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English describen Related forms
< Latin dēscrībere,
equivalent to dē- de-
o·ver·de·scribe, verb (used with object), o·ver·de·scribed, o·ver·de·scrib·ing.
pre·de·scribe, verb (used with object), pre·de·scribed, pre·de·scrib·ing.
re·de·scribe, verb (used with object), re·de·scribed, re·de·scrib·ing.
1. portray, characterize, represent; recount, tell, relate. Describe, narrate agree in the idea of giving an account of something. To describe is to convey in words the appearance, nature, attributes, etc., of something. The word often implies vividness of personal observation: to describe a scene, an event. To narrate is to recount the occurrence of something, usually by giving the details of an event or events in the order of their happening. Narrate thus applies only to that which happens in time: to narrate an incident.