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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

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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

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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?

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The first known use of describe was in the 15th century

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“Describe.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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