- 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 well-described
Historical Examples of well-described
The story is capitally told, it abounds in graphic and well-described scenes, and it has an excellent and manly tone throughout.The Dash for Khartoum
George Alfred Henty
This condition has been well-described by various novelists, among them Zola, in Money.Essay on the Creative Imagination
It was merely the task of locating a well-described stranger in a comparatively small city.Uncle Sam Detective
William Atherton Du Puy
- (of a scene, picture, incident, etc) having been skillfully represented or expressed in words
- 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.