verb (used with object), descried, descrying.
to see (something unclear or distant) by looking carefully; discern; espy: The lookout descried land.
to discover; perceive; detect.

1250–1300; Middle English descrien < Old French de(s)crïer to proclaim, decry. See dis-1, cry

descrier, noun
undescried, adjective
undescrying, adjective

decry, descry (see synonym study at decry).

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descry (dɪˈskraɪ)
vb , -scries, -scrying, -scried
1.  to discern or make out; catch sight of
2.  to discover by looking carefully; detect
[C14: from Old French descrier to proclaim, decry]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, probably from O.Fr. descrier "publish," from L. describere (see describe).
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Example sentences
Three cluster areas characteristic of giftedness are descried: above average
  ability, creativity, and task commitment.
Work of an incidental nature not expressly descried in this scope although
  necessary to complete the project shall be included.
Only recently identified, the disease has not been extensively descried.
The intent to make service open door can be descried in the attempts to make
  the service known and available to the public.
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