- to see (something unclear or distant) by looking carefully; discern; espy: The lookout descried land.
- to discover; perceive; detect.
Origin of descry
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Examples from the Web for descried
Looking around him, he at length, from the edge of the valley, descried Robert.Brave and Bold
Presently there was not so much as a trail of smoke to be descried at sea.Billy Topsail & Company
They set forward, and after about a day's journey they descried the lodge of the Manitoes.The Indian Fairy Book
Next is descried the bay of Tarentum, town, if rumour is true, of Hercules.The Aeneid of Virgil
We had descried from some way off a mass of brilliant crimson on a steep hillside.Impressions of South Africa
- to discern or make out; catch sight of
- to discover by looking carefully; detect
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).
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