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Meaning of DESCRIBE

Pronunciation:  di'skrIb

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  identify as in botany or biology, for example
  2. [v]  to give an account or representation of in words; "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental."
  3. [v]  give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
  4. [v]  make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"

DESCRIBE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: account, delineate, depict, discover, distinguish, draw, draw, identify, key, key out, line, name, outline, report, trace
 See Also: adumbrate, assort, circumscribe, class, classify, construct, delineate, exposit, expound, inform, inscribe, mark, outline, represent, separate, set forth, sketch, sort, sort out, write



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*scribe"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Described}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Describing}.] [L. describere, descriptum; de- +
    scribere to write: cf. OE. descriven, OF. descrivre, F.
    d['e]crire. See {Scribe}, and cf. {Descry}.]
    1. To represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate;
       to trace or mark out; as, to describe a circle by the
       compasses; a torch waved about the head in such a way as
       to describe a circle.
    2. To represent by words written or spoken; to give an
       account of; to make known to others by words or signs; as,
       the geographer describes countries and cities.
    3. To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off;
       to class. [Obs.]
             Passed through the land, and described it by cities
             into seven parts in a book.           --Josh. xviii.
    Syn: To set forth; represent; delineate; relate; recount;
         narrate; express; explain; depict; portray; chracterize.
  2. \De*scribe"\, v. i.
    To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as,
    Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty.
Thesaurus Terms
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