descry

  • 1 Descry — De*scry , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Descried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Descrying}.] [OE. descrien, discrien, to espy, prob. from the proclaiming of what was espied, fr. OF. descrier to proclaim, cry down, decry, F. d[ e]crier. The word was confused somewhat… …

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  • 2 Descry — De*scry , n. Discovery or view, as of an army seen at a distance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Near, and on speedy foot; the main descry Stands on the hourly thought. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 descry — ► VERB (descries, descried) literary ▪ catch sight of. ORIGIN perhaps confused with obsolete descry describe , related to DESCRIBE(Cf. ↑describer) …

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  • 4 descry — index ascertain, comprehend (understand), detect, discern (detect with the senses), discover, expose, identify …

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  • 5 descry — espy, *see, behold, observe, notice, remark, note, perceive, discern, view, survey, contemplate …

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  • 6 descry — [di skrī′] vt. descried, descrying [ME descrien < OFr descrier, to proclaim < des , from + crier: see CRY] 1. to catch sight of; discern (distant or obscure objects) 2. to look for and discover; detect SYN. SEE1 …

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  • 7 descry — {{11}}descry (1) to see, discern, c.1300, probably from O.Fr. descrier publish (Mod.Fr. décrier), from L. describere (see DESCRIBE (Cf. describe)). {{12}}descry (2) to proclaim, mid 14c., from O.Fr. descrier, from des (see …

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  • 8 descry — decry, descry are related in origin but now have widely different meanings. To decry something is to disparage or deplore it • (She decries the spread of tower blocks and the failure to turn derelict sites into green spaces Evening Standard,… …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 descry — [dɪ skrʌɪ] verb (descries, descrying, descried) literary catch sight of. Origin ME: OFr. descrier publish, proclaim , perh. confused with obs. descry describe , var. of obs. descrive perceive …

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  • 10 descry — /dɛsˈkraɪ/ (say des kruy) verb (t) (descried, descrying) 1. to make out (something distant or unclear) by looking; espy: *Laura descried them a long way off; and, as the carriage swept past them, they also saw her eager and prominent at her… …

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  • 11 descry — I. transitive verb (descried; descrying) Etymology: Middle English descrien to proclaim, reveal, from Anglo French *descrier, alteration of Old French decrier more at decry Date: 14th century 1. a. to catch sight of < I descried a sail Jonathan… …

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  • 12 descry — descrier, n. /di skruy /, v.t., descried, descrying. 1. to see (something unclear or distant) by looking carefully; discern; espy: The lookout descried land. 2. to discover; perceive; detect. [1250 1300; ME descrien < OF de(s)crïer to proclaim,… …

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  • 13 descry — verb a) To see When I had passed the vale where my bower stood...I came within view of the sea...and it being a very clear day, I fairly descried land whether an island or a continent I could not tell; but it lay very high, extending ... at a… …

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  • 14 descry — Synonyms and related words: appreciate, behold, catch, catch sight of, clap eyes on, come alive, comprehend, detect, discern, discover, distinguish, encounter, espy, glimpse, have in sight, hit, identify, ken, lay eyes on, look on, look upon,… …

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  • 15 descry — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To perceive and fix the identity of, especially with difficulty: discern, distinguish, make out, pick out, spot. See SEE. 2. To perceive, especially barely or fleetingly: catch, detect, discern, espy, glimpse, spot …

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  • 16 descry — de|scry [ dı skraı ] verb transitive LITERARY to see or notice something, usually by looking carefully …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 descry — de·scry || dɪ skraɪ v. see; see from far away; discover …

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  • 18 descry — v. a. 1. Discover, discern, espy, perceive, see, behold, get sight of, get a glimpse of. 2. Detect, recognize, find out, spy out …

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  • 19 descry — verb (T) literary to notice or see something, especially when it is a long way away …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 descry — verb, literary See notice 2. See also note at distinguish …

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