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describe

verb de·scribe \di-ˈskrīb\

: 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)

de·scribedde·scrib·ing

Full Definition of DESCRIBE

transitive verb
1
:  to represent or give an account of in words <describe a picture>
2
:  to represent by a figure, model, or picture :  delineate
3
obsolete :  distribute
4
:  to trace or traverse the outline of <describe a circle>
5
archaic :  observe, perceive
de·scrib·able \-ˈskrī-bə-bəl\ adjective
de·scrib·er noun

Examples of DESCRIBE

  1. The witness wasn't able to describe the robber.
  2. He described the house in perfect detail.
  3. The article describes how the experiment was done.
  4. She described watching dolphins play beside the ship.
  5. Please describe what happened next.
  6. Can you describe the lost dog to me?
  7. 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

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