- 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 descry
If only she could descry something plain to tell her husband!Weighed and Wanting
And can you descry no difference between his letters and those addressed to other people?'Barnaby Rudge
Bolko could descry the figure of Auriola at the margin of the spring.
Then she prayed a prayer from the depths of her heart; but still she could descry no rock.
No people who have lived much with Nature have failed to descry this.The Soul of a People
- 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 descry
"to see, discern," c.1300, probably from Old French descrier "publish" (Modern French décrier), from Latin describere (see describe).
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