Simple Definition of describe
: to tell someone the appearance, sound, smell, events, etc., of (something or someone) : to say what something or someone is like
: to make a motion or draw a line that shows the shape of (something)
Full Definition of describe
Examples of describe
The witness wasn't able to describe the robber.
He described the house in perfect detail.
The article describes how the experiment was done.
She described watching dolphins play beside the ship.
Please describe what happened next.
Can you describe the lost dog to me?
She used a stick to describe a circle on the ground.
Origin of describe
Middle English, from Latin describere, from de- + scribere to write — more at scribe
First Known Use: 15th century
DESCRIBE Defined for Kids
Definition of describe
1 : to write or tell about <Describe what you saw.>
2 : to draw the outline of <First, describe a circle.>
Word Root of describe
The Latin word scribere, meaning “to write,” and its form scriptus give us the roots scrib and script. Words from the Latin scribere have something to do with writing. To scribble is to write quickly or carelessly. To describe is to write or tell about something or someone. A manuscript is a document written by hand. To transcribe is to write down something spoken or copy something written.
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