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).

1. notice. Unabridged
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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
The only trace of living thing that he could descry was a sombre little hut, and towards this he directed his steps.
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