Definition of describe in English:

describe

verb

[with object]
  • 1Give a detailed account in words of.

    ‘he described his experiences in a letter to his parents’
    ‘the man was described as tall, clean-shaven, and with short dark hair’
    • ‘People came from Norway on an arduous, and in some cases terrifying, voyage, vividly described here.’
    • ‘He was described as fun-loving, adventurous and with a great sense of humour but also very dedicated.’
    • ‘In the demographic campaign, the cities were described in the most gloomy terms.’
    • ‘While writing she realised how few words we have to describe these experiences.’
    • ‘What most people discover is that they use the same words to describe both experiences.’
    • ‘It is impossible for me to conjure up the words to adequately describe my own experiences.’
    • ‘For those who have dived upon an untouched shipwreck the experience is described as very moving indeed.’
    • ‘Local history has often been described as the story of people in a place over time.’
    • ‘He is described as about 6ft tall, medium to thin build, with black and shaven hair.’
    • ‘The situation described in the last paragraph is unlikely.’
    • ‘The film's narrative can best be described as a boy's adventure story turned tragic.’
    • ‘He was described as having blond eyebrows, blue eyes and a local accent.’
    • ‘The book vividly described the wretched conditions of Mexican rural life and the brutality of the revolution.’
    • ‘He has a single expression that might be described as pensive disappointment.’
    • ‘It is the size of a paper clip and is described as a cross between a stick insect and a praying mantis.’
    • ‘Most methods have been described previously in detail.’
    • ‘The attackers were described as three black males wearing dark clothes.’
    • ‘He is described as young and tall and was wearing a black tee-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap.’
    • ‘There was only one word to describe his expression, every time I looked over at him.’
    • ‘He had a clean-shaven, fair face and had what was described as a local accent.’
    report, narrate, recount, relate, tell of, set out, chronicle
    designate, pronounce, call, label, style, dub
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  • 2Mark out or draw (a geometrical figure)

    ‘on the diameter of a circle an equilateral triangle is described’
    • ‘Thus, an arc is described in Figure I from C which cuts the triangle at I and J.’
    • ‘After it has been well stretched, a circle is described with a piece of charcoal.’
    • ‘Then, with the compasses fixed at the right, an arc is described from the horizontal distance at the left to the left hand side of the "proscaenium".’
    delineate, mark out, outline, trace, draw, sketch
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    1. 2.1 Move in a way which follows the outline of (an imaginary geometrical figure)
      ‘a single light is seen to describe a circle’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin describere, from de- ‘down’ + scribere ‘write’.

Pronunciation

describe

/dɪˈskrʌɪb/