One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
- ‘Below, the ground grew rougher; from time to time he descried blurred lines upon the earth - the overgrown walking-tracks of humans.’
- ‘How could she possibly descry the ship's position from a standpoint of utter blindness.’
- ‘Commissioned to dispel the clouds, the samurai ‘stared upward and descried a weird form in the clouds.’’
- ‘Venturing further into the meadow, he descried four figures near the other side of the meadow.’
- ‘Ostensibly sympathetic to those on the raft, the painting shows the survivors descrying a ship barely visible on the horizon.’
- ‘While he clearly indicates productions he considers successful, I would be hard-pressed to descry a pattern among them.’
Middle English: Old French descrier ‘publish, proclaim’, perhaps confused with obsolete descry ‘describe’.
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