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[dih-skrahyb] /dɪˈskraɪb/
verb (used with object), described, describing.
1.
to tell or depict in written or spoken words; give an account of:
He described the accident very carefully.
2.
to pronounce, as by a designating term, phrase, or the like; label:
There are few people who may be described as geniuses.
3.
to indicate; be a sign of; denote:
Conceit, in many cases, describes a state of serious emotional insecurity.
4.
to represent or delineate by a picture or figure.
5.
Geometry. to draw or trace the outline of:
to describe an arc.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English describen < Latin dēscrībere, equivalent to dē- de- + scrībere to write
Related forms
describable, adjective
describability, noun
describably, adverb
describer, noun
nondescribable, adjective
overdescribe, verb (used with object), overdescribed, overdescribing.
predescribe, verb (used with object), predescribed, predescribing.
redescribe, verb (used with object), redescribed, redescribing.
self-described, adjective
undescribable, adjective
undescribableness, noun
undescribably, adverb
undescribed, adjective
well-described, adjective
Synonyms
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.
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Examples from the web for described
  • Some of the more common problems are described below.
  • Also described as bowl shaped or vase shaped, an open-center tree has no central leader.
  • But its stems were woody and its habit is described as similar to a mounding lantana.
  • Less will make a more easily spread salve that some in our office described as greasy.
  • When the chiles are green and you use them in the ways described above, they're called poblanos.
  • Perhaps your style is more impulsive than either of the two described so far.
  • Lymphatics have been described in the thyroid gland and in the thymus.
  • The spleen is usually included in this list and sometimes the lymph and hemolymph nodes described with the lymphatic system.
  • The knee-joint was formerly described as a ginglymus or hinge-joint, but is really of a much more complicated character.
  • Effectiveness is far from being in direct ratio to the scientific possibilities of the imaginary society described.
British Dictionary definitions for described

describe

/dɪˈskraɪb/
verb (transitive)
1.
to give an account or representation of in words
2.
to pronounce or label: he has been described as a genius
3.
to draw a line or figure, such as a circle
Derived Forms
describable, adjective
describer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēscrībere to copy off, write out, delineate, from de- + scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for described

describe

v.

early 13c., descriven, from Old French descrivre, descrire (13c.), from Latin describere "to write down, copy; sketch, represent" (see description). Reconstructed with Latin spelling 16c. Related: Describable; described, describes, describing.

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