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
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.
British Dictionary definitions for undescribable
describe (dɪˈskraɪb)
 
vb
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
 
[C15: from Latin dēscrībere to copy off, write out, delineate, from de- + scrībere to write]
 
de'scribable
 
adj
 
de'scriber
 
n

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Word Origin and History for undescribable
describe
early 13c., descrive, from O.Fr. descrivre (13c.), from L. describere (see description). Reconstructed with Latin spelling 16c. Related: Described, describes, describing.
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