Definition of descry in English:

descry

verb

[WITH OBJECT]literary
  • Catch sight of.

    ‘she descried two figures’
    • ‘Ostensibly sympathetic to those on the raft, the painting shows the survivors descrying a ship barely visible on the horizon.’
    • ‘Commissioned to dispel the clouds, the samurai ‘stared upward and descried a weird form in the clouds.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    perceive, make out, pick out, detect, recognize, notice, observe, see, spot
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Origin

Middle English: Old French descrier ‘publish, proclaim’, perhaps confused with obsolete descry ‘describe’.

Pronunciation

descry

/dɪˈskrʌɪ/