- 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
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Examples from the Web for self-described
Self-described 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was also kept at Cobalt after his March 2003 in Pakistan.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
The long-nosed, self-described “little New York lover of photography” has embraced the impact his pictures can make.From Fashion Player to Photographer Monk
December 3, 2014
Johnson is himself a self-described street guy who has been shot in the past and has been to jail.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America
November 26, 2014
But Clintonistas do not largely see the self-described Democratic Socialist as a credible threat.Does Team Hillary Want a Democratic Challenge?
September 25, 2014
Training alone is self-described as “the most physically and mentally demanding military training in existence.”The Woman Stuck in a Navy SEAL's Body
September 4, 2014
- 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 and History for self-described
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.