- to tell or depict in written or spoken words; give an account of: He described the accident very carefully.
- to pronounce, as by a designating term, phrase, or the like; label: There are few people who may be described as geniuses.
- to indicate; be a sign of; denote: Conceit, in many cases, describes a state of serious emotional insecurity.
- to represent or delineate by a picture or figure.
- Geometry. to draw or trace the outline of: to describe an arc.
Origin of describe
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Related Wordsportray, represent, term, depict, specify, outline, chronicle, illustrate, express, detail, name, characterize, call, construe, recount, report, label, tell, interpret, define
Examples from the Web for describe
It is not only clerics and Islamic ideologues who use offensive words and images to describe the sexual life of Westerners.50 Shades of Iran: The Mullahs’ Kinky Fantasies about Sex in the West
IranWire, Shima Sharabi
January 1, 2015
The latest novel from Samantha Harvey is truly superb, but left its reviewer at a loss for how to describe it.A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review
December 28, 2014
But throughout all this, Malone describe herself as “oddly responsible,” wanting to help her moms pay the bills as young as 10.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 22, 2014
I asked him to describe the U.S. mission that will likely revert back to the embassy it was more than a half century ago.Meet America’s Next Ambassador to Cuba
December 18, 2014
Will Christian pharmacists, county clerks, florists, and for-profit wedding chapels really withdraw from society, as you describe?Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
"Better not try to describe her—while I'm by, you know," said Mrs. Drelmer, sympathetically.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But how shall I describe his face when major Marvel entered!Weighed and Wanting
(b) Describe the filling and closing of jars in this method.
Describe the preparation of oranges for salads and desserts.
I should like to describe that evening; but it is really worse to describe than the boys.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- to give an account or representation of in words
- to pronounce or labelhe has been described as a genius
- to draw a line or figure, such as a circle
Word Origin and History for describe
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.