Definition of description in English:


Line breaks: de|scrip|tion
Pronunciation: /dɪˈskrɪpʃ(ə)n


  • 1A spoken or written account of a person, object, or event: people who had seen him were able to give a description
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    • With five bedrooms, gymnasium and a Jacuzzi, it is certainly does not fit the description of the average croft.
    • Thereafter the description of events is dependent upon her account only.
    • Cassini wrote a detailed description of precisely how the longitude measurements were to be carried out.
    account, explanation, elucidation, illustration, representation, interpretation; chronicle, report, narration, narrative, story, recounting, rendition, relation, commentary, version, portrayal, portrait, word picture, evocation; details
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The action of giving a spoken or written account: the emphasis was placed on explanation rather than description
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    • Research into health inequality now aims to move away from description and towards explanation.
    • Above all, the emphasis was placed firmly on explanation rather than description.
    • She is a master of exposition and description, with a ready ear for a telling anecdote.


beyond description

To a great and astonishing extent: his face was swollen beyond description
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  • It's a tragedy beyond description and I want the full country and the medical profession to realise just how dreadful this whole story is.
  • And I'm certainly not worried about being in England - to be honest, I'm excited beyond description.
  • ‘The thrill, the mad delirium of being free is beyond description,’ he writes.

defy description

Be so unusual or remarkable as to be impossible to describe: the sheer scale of the Requiem defies description
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  • The prospects sound fabulous but seem to defy description.
  • The manner and magnitude of the attack defy description.
  • The bishop's statement continued as follows: ‘The extent and scale of the horror defies description.’


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin descriptio(n-), from describere 'write down'.

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