verb (used with object), de·scribed, de·scrib·ing.
Origin of describe
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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|DAILY BEAST
The latest novel from Samantha Harvey is truly superb, but left its reviewer at a loss for how to describe it.
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|Marlow Stern|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
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|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Attractive, rather than handsome, was the epithet best suited to describe Adeline Mowbray.Adeline Mowbray|Amelia Alderson Opie
There are so many volcanoes in this part of the world that it will be possible to describe but a few of them.The Wonder Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes|Edwin J. Houston
We must now describe more particularly how this gallant exploit had been accomplished.Our Soldiers|W.H.G. Kingston
I will give you a drawing of it, and if you find it as I describe, you will know that my tale is true.A Dozen Ways Of Love|Lily Dougall
Will you describe the place where he was kept while he was there in the jail?Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
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Word Origin for describe
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.