- 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 describe
Examples from the Web for redescribe
Historical Examples of redescribe
Inasmuch as the tool types are the same as those set up for the Tank Site, there is little need to redescribe them.The Topanga Culture Final Report on Excavations, 1948
A. E. Treganza
The purpose of this paper is to redescribe the species and to make known its pattern of geographic variation.
The organism remains what it is, a living creature with a behaviour which we are unable to redescribe in terms of mechanism.Herbert Spencer
J. Arthur Thomson
- 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.