describe

  • 1 Describe — De*scribe , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Described}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Describing}.] [L. describere, descriptum; de + scribere to write: cf. OE. descriven, OF. descrivre, F. d[ e]crire. See {Scribe}, and cf. {Descry}.] 1. To represent by drawing; to draw… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 describe — I verb annotate, be specific, characterize, clarify, define, delineate, depict, depingere, describere, detail, elucidate, explain, explicare, expound, give an account, identify, illuminate, illustrate, itemize, make clear, make plain, make vivid …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Describe — De*scribe , v. i. To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 describe — early 13c., descriven, from O.Fr. descrivre, descrire (13c.), from L. describere to write down, copy; sketch, represent (see DESCRIPTION (Cf. description)). Reconstructed with Latin spelling 16c. Related: Describable; described, describes,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 describe — *relate, narrate, state, report, rehearse, recite, recount Analogous words: delineate, *sketch, outline …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 describe — [v] explain in speech, writing call, characterize, chronicle, communicate, construe, convey image, define, delineate, depict, detail, distinguish, draw, elucidate, epitomize, exemplify, explicate, expound, express, illuminate, illustrate, image,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 describe — ► VERB 1) give a detailed account in words of. 2) mark out or draw (a geometrical figure). DERIVATIVES describable adjective describer noun. ORIGIN Latin describere write down …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 describe — [di skrīb′] vt. described, describing [ME descriven < OFr descrivre < L describere, to copy down, transcribe < de , from + scribere, to write: see SCRIBE] 1. to tell or write about; give a detailed account of 2. to picture in words 3. to …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 describe */*/*/ — UK [dɪˈskraɪb] / US verb [transitive] Word forms describe : present tense I/you/we/they describe he/she/it describes present participle describing past tense described past participle described 1) a) to give details about what someone or… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 describe — de|scribe W1S1 [dıˈskraıb] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: describere, from scribere to write ] 1.) to say what something or someone is like by giving details about them ▪ The police asked her to describe the two men. ▪ An alternative… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 describe — de|scribe [ dı skraıb ] verb transitive *** 1. ) to give details about what someone or something is like: The e mail system is fully described in section 10. I don t think that s quite the word to describe my feelings. describe someone/something… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 describe — /dI skraIb/ verb (T) 1 to say what something or someone is like by giving details about them: The police asked her to describe the two men. | An alternative approach to the problem is described in Chapter 3. | describe how/why/what etc: It s… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 describe — verb ADVERB ▪ accurately, exactly, in detail ▪ Their daily lives are described in detail. ▪ aptly, well ▪ clearly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 describe — describable, adj. describability, n. describably, adv. describer, n. /di skruyb /, v.t., described, describing. 1. to tell or depict in written or spoken words; give an account of: He described the accident very carefully. 2. to pronounce, as by… …

    Universalium

  • 15 describe — v. 1) to describe minutely; vividly 2) (B) she described the scene to us 3) (D; refl., tr.) to describe as (he was described as being very cruel) 4) (K) she described in detail their resisting the invaders 5) (Q) he described how we should… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 describe — 01. Can you [describe] the man who stole your wallet? 02. His [description] of the events at the party was hilarious. 03. She was [described] as being tall, thin and mean looking. 04. The meeting has been [described] as perhaps the most important …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 17 describe*/*/*/ — [dɪˈskraɪb] verb [T] to give details about someone or something in order to explain to another person what they are like It s hard to describe my feelings.[/ex] The attacker is described as tall, with dark hair.[/ex] Could you describe her to… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 describe — [[t]dɪskra͟ɪb[/t]] ♦ describes, describing, described 1) VERB If you describe a person, object, event, or situation, you say what they are like or what happened. [V wh] We asked her to describe what kind of things she did in her spare time... [V… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 describe — de•scribe [[t]dɪˈskraɪb[/t]] v. t. scribed, scrib•ing 1) to tell or depict in words; give an account of: to describe an accident in detail[/ex] 2) to pronounce, as by a designating term or phrase: to describe someone as a tyrant[/ex] 3) to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 describe — /dəˈskraɪb / (say duh skruyb) verb (t) (described, describing) 1. to set forth in written or spoken words; give an account of: to describe a scene; to describe a person. 2. Geometry to draw or trace, as an arc. {Latin dēscrībere copy off, sketch… …

    Australian English dictionary