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[dih-skrahy] /dɪˈskraɪ/
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
Related forms
descrier, noun
undescried, adjective
undescrying, adjective
Can be confused
decry, descry (see synonym study at decry)
1. notice. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • List any and all emission sources that are routed as descried above.
  • Further on descried a log cabin in the distance about a mile ahead.
British Dictionary definitions for descried


verb (transitive) -scries, -scrying, -scried
to discern or make out; catch sight of
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 descried



"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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