One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbdescries, descrying, descried[with object]literary
Catch sight of.‘she descried two figures’
perceive, make out, pick out, detect, recognize, notice, observe, see, spotspot, notice, catch sight of, see, make out, glimpse, sight, discern, perceive, observe, detect, distinguish, pick out, spy out, recognize, identify, mark, remarkView synonyms
- ‘Commissioned to dispel the clouds, the samurai ‘stared upward and descried a weird form in the clouds.’’
- ‘Below, the ground grew rougher; from time to time he descried blurred lines upon the earth - the overgrown walking-tracks of humans.’
- ‘Venturing further into the meadow, he descried four figures near the other side of the meadow.’
- ‘While he clearly indicates productions he considers successful, I would be hard-pressed to descry a pattern among them.’
- ‘How could she possibly descry the ship's position from a standpoint of utter blindness.’
- ‘Ostensibly sympathetic to those on the raft, the painting shows the survivors descrying a ship barely visible on the horizon.’
Middle English: Old French descrier ‘publish, proclaim’, perhaps confused with obsolete descry ‘describe’.
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