Definition of describe in English:

describe

Syllabification: de·scribe
Pronunciation: /diˈskrīb
 
/

verb

[with object]
  • 1Give an account in words of (someone or something), including all the relevant characteristics, qualities, or events: the police said the man was described as white, 6 ft. tall, with mousy, cropped hair
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    • It is the size of a paper clip and is described as a cross between a stick insect and a praying mantis.
    • He had a clean-shaven, fair face and had what was described as a local accent.
    • For those who have dived upon an untouched shipwreck the experience is described as very moving indeed.
    Synonyms
    report, recount, relate, tell of, set out, chronicle; detail, catalog, give a rundown of; explain, illustrate, discuss, comment on
    literary limn
    designate, pronounce, call, label, style, dub; characterize, class; portray, depict, brand, paint
  • 2Mark out or draw (a geometric figure): on the diameter of a circle an equilateral triangle is described
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    • Then, with the compasses fixed at the right, an arc is described from the horizontal distance at the left to the left hand side of the "proscaenium".
    • Thus, an arc is described in Figure I from C which cuts the triangle at I and J.
    • After it has been well stretched, a circle is described with a piece of charcoal.
    Synonyms
    delineate, mark out, outline, trace, draw

Derivatives

describable

adjective
More example sentences
  • His service in the Senate, while not describable as stellar, has featured some important moments of gravity and responsibility.
  • There is more acoustic instrumentation on this album, but that's not to say that the songs are any more conventional or, indeed, describable.
  • Jazz also has a specific sound… its not just a genre that is describable as improvisation.

describer

noun
More example sentences
  • People with disabilities form a significant part of the theatre audience, often catered for with a signed-assisted performance for deaf people and an audio describer for those with a visual impairment.
  • Monologues are a true storytelling artform, as in actual storytelling around the campfire, and Neil seems to be more of a teller than a describer.
  • He was considered one of the best describers of the court on radio.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin describere, from de- 'down' + scribere 'write'.

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