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Synonyms and Antonyms of describe

  1. 1 to give a representation or account of in words <he tried to describe the dream he had last night as accurately as he could> Synonyms delineate, depict, draw, image, limn, paint, picture, portray, render, set out, sketch Related Words characterize, define, label, qualify, represent; demonstrate, illustrate; narrate, recite, recount, rehearse, relate, report, tell; display, exhibit, show; hint, suggest; draft, outline, silhouette, trace, vignette; summarize, sum up, touch off; redescribe, reimage Near Antonyms color, distort, falsify, garble, misdescribe, misrepresent, misstate, pervert, twist, warp

  2. 2 to give an oral or written account of in some detail <a biography of Washington that describes the decisive Battle of Yorktown at great length> Synonyms chart, chronicle, tell, narrate, recite, recount, rehearse, relate, reportRelated Words deliver, give, reel off, state, utter, voice; detail, enumerate, itemize, particularize; bare, disclose, divulge, expose, let on (about), reveal; delineate, depict, express, render, sketch

  3. 3 to point out the chief quality or qualities of an individual or group <how would you describe the Inupiat people you encountered in Alaska?> Synonyms character, define, depict, characterize, portray, representRelated Words categorize, classify, pigeonhole, type; color, identify, indicate, name, specify; distinguish, individualize, mark, particularize, stamp

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