1400–50; late Middle English describen
< Latin dēscrībere,
equivalent to dē- de-
describable, adjectivedescribability, noundescribably, adverbdescriber, nounnondescribable, adjectiveoverdescribe, verb (used with object), overdescribed, overdescribing.predescribe, verb (used with object), predescribed, predescribing.redescribe, verb (used with object), redescribed, redescribing.self-described, adjectiveundescribable, adjectiveundescribableness, nounundescribably, adverbundescribed, adjectivewell-described, adjective
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.
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.