- 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
Synonyms for describeSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for describedportray, represent, term, depict, specify, outline, chronicle, illustrate, express, detail, name, characterize, call, construe, recount, report, label, tell, interpret, define
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Contemporary Examples of described
The “doctorate” Duke claims is from an anti-Semitic Ukranian “diploma mill” as described by the State Department.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
The training, at least as described by the U.S. military, is incredibly basic.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
Nancy A. Youssef
January 6, 2015
This wasn't even my own account on JSwipe, which has been described as the Jewish Tinder.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
Maxwell was not available for comment but has described all claims against her as “untrue” and “obvious lies.”From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
Otis says he was wearing a tan jacket similar to one described by witnesses.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Historical Examples of described
His own situation was described as happy as it could be in a foreign land.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He described himself briefly as a lunatic, and walked on again.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The works of Dædalus are described by Pausanias as rude and uncomely in aspect.
He described the sufferings which he declared he had himself witnessed.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He said it had been so described to him exactly, and he was well pleased that I knew it.To be Read at Dusk
- 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 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.