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describe

[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 describes
  • With wrenching anger and painstaking care, his book describes how graft has infected the new establishment.
  • So there is nothing strange about what the article describes.
  • Approach behavior describes what someone attracted to an object does to obtain it.
  • Throughout, he describes experiments or surveys that support every point.
  • Free will describes the behavior of conscious beings.
  • The verb in my sentence is is, even though the unpacked sentence describes the actions of certain thinkers.
  • The report describes a link between lower tuition and higher percentages of students enrolled in two-year colleges.
  • But, as the article describes, the college admissions market is in the midst of the inevitable transition to electronic form.
  • It is the only web page that describes the use of movable wooden ramps.
  • The evidence that survived often describes them as aloof.
British Dictionary definitions for describes

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 describes

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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