Definition of description in English:


Syllabification: de·scrip·tion
Pronunciation: /diˈskripSHən


  • 1A spoken or written representation or 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, report, rendition, explanation, illustration; chronicle, narration, narrative, story, commentary; portrayal, portrait; details
  • 1.1The action of giving a spoken or written representation or account: teaching by demonstration and 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.’

answer (to, or fit) the description

Have the qualities specified.
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  • Creeping phlox answers the description, and the pink candy striped variety will blend well with the pink tones of most Helleborus orientalis.
  • In fact, Marcus is the only forward who answers the description and he won't have quite the same energy he brings off the bench.
  • Well, accept that as a basis that these people have offended on a number of occasions, over a long period, and one or more of their offences answers the description in section 203 of the Act.


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

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