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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 of describe
late Middle English
1400-1450
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.
Synonym Study
1.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 over time: to narrate an incident.
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  • Yet if I found just this evening well described in a novel, I should enjoy it heartily.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • I had no difficulty in recognising the old woman, as she had been well described to me.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • It has been too often well described for me to have any excuse for making the attempt.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • The effect of a hurricane is well described by Washington Irving.

    The Ocean and its Wonders R.M. Ballantyne
  • We will not attempt to give a detailed account of what has been so often and so well described.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou
  • There now followed that operation, well described as "the race to the sea."

  • One of these marshes is well described by Mr. Tristram in his "Land of Israel."

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • Virgil has well described all these habits of aquatic birds.

  • Its flight has been well described as “precipitate and awkward.”

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for well described

describe

/dɪˈskraɪb/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
describable, adjective
describer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēscrībere to copy off, write out, delineate, from de- + scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for well described

describe

v.

early 13c., descriven, from Old French descrivre, descrire (13c.), from Latin describere "to write down, copy; sketch, represent" (see description). Reconstructed with Latin spelling 16c. Related: Describable; described, describes, describing.

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