Definition of descry in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈskrʌɪ/

verb (descries, descrying, descried)

[with object] literary
Catch sight of: she descried two figures
More example sentences
  • Venturing further into the meadow, he descried four figures near the other side of the meadow.
  • Ostensibly sympathetic to those on the raft, the painting shows the survivors descrying a ship barely visible on the horizon.
  • While he clearly indicates productions he considers successful, I would be hard-pressed to descry a pattern among them.


Middle English: Old French descrier 'publish, proclaim', perhaps confused with obsolete descry 'describe'.

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