Definition of describe in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈskrʌɪb/


[with object]
1Give a detailed account in words of: he described his experiences in a letter to his parents
More example sentences
  • 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.
report, narrate, recount, relate, tell of, set out, chronicle;
express, put into words, give a description/account of, give details of, detail, represent;
evoke, conjure up;
catalogue, give a rundown of, paint a word picture of, paint in words;
explain, expound, elucidate, illustrate, discuss, comment on
designate, pronounce, call, label, style, dub;
characterize, classify, class, categorize, portray, depict, brand, hail, paint
2Mark out or draw (a geometrical 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.
delineate, mark out, outline, trace, draw, sketch
2.1Move in a way which follows the outline of (an imaginary geometrical figure): a single light is seen to describe a circle



Pronunciation: /dɪˈskrʌɪbəb(ə)l/
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.


Pronunciation: /dɪˈskrʌɪbə/
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.


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

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