- 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 undescribed
Contemporary Examples of undescribed
He has an undescribed “medical condition,” and even feeds himself by sucking up a food substitute through a straw under his mask.Michael Fassbender Plays A Rocker in A Papier-Mâché Head in the Strange Sundance Film ‘Frank’
January 18, 2014
Historical Examples of undescribed
They are "nondescripts," which means "undescribed" or "unclassified."
Of Crustacea there were many strange and undescribed genera.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World
This region was in 1911 undescribed in the geographical literature of southern Peru.Inca Land
William took some undescribed vengeance for their slaughter.William the Conqueror
Edward Augustus Freeman
It was a new, undescribed variety of this splendid antelope.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa
- 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.