descry

[dih-skrahy]

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.

Nearby words

  1. descriptive notation,
  2. descriptive statistics,
  3. descriptivism,
  4. descriptivist,
  5. descriptor,
  6. desdemona,
  7. desecrate,
  8. desecration,
  9. deseed,
  10. desegregate

Origin of descry

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

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

Can be confuseddecry descry (see synonym study at decry)

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British Dictionary definitions for descry

descry

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

to discern or make out; catch sight of
to discover by looking carefully; detect
Derived Formsdescrier, noun

Word Origin for descry

C14: from Old French descrier to proclaim, decry

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