descry

[ dih-skrahy ]
/ dɪˈskraɪ /

verb (used with object), de·scried, de·scry·ing.

to see (something unclear or distant) by looking carefully; discern; espy: The lookout descried land.
to discover; perceive; detect.

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Origin of descry

1250–1300; Middle English descrien < Old French de(s)crïer to proclaim, decry. See dis-1, cry

OTHER WORDS FROM descry

de·scri·er, nounun·de·scried, adjectiveun·de·scry·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH descry

decry descry (see synonym study at decry)
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British Dictionary definitions for descry

descry
/ (dɪˈskraɪ) /

verb -scries, -scrying or -scried (tr)

to discern or make out; catch sight of
to discover by looking carefully; detect

Derived forms of descry

descrier, noun

Word Origin for descry

C14: from Old French descrier to proclaim, decry
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