Definition of describe
- describe a picture
- The police asked her to describe the thief.
- There were so many things he wanted to describe …
- —James Joyce
- described in her paintings what she saw from her window
- describe a circle
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.
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: 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)
What made you want to look up describe? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
investment of mental or emotional energy
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