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1Give an account in words of (someone or something), including all the relevant characteristics, qualities, or events.‘the man was described as tall, clean-shaven, and with short dark hair’
report, narrate, recount, relate, tell of, set out, chronicledesignate, pronounce, call, label, style, dubView synonyms
- ‘What most people discover is that they use the same words to describe both experiences.’
- ‘He has a single expression that might be described as pensive disappointment.’
- ‘He was described as having blond eyebrows, blue eyes and a local accent.’
- ‘People came from Norway on an arduous, and in some cases terrifying, voyage, vividly described here.’
- ‘In the demographic campaign, the cities were described in the most gloomy terms.’
- ‘Local history has often been described as the story of people in a place over time.’
- ‘He had a clean-shaven, fair face and had what was described as a local accent.’
- ‘The film's narrative can best be described as a boy's adventure story turned tragic.’
- ‘The attackers were described as three black males wearing dark clothes.’
- ‘He is described as about 6ft tall, medium to thin build, with black and shaven hair.’
- ‘Most methods have been described previously in detail.’
- ‘The situation described in the last paragraph is unlikely.’
- ‘For those who have dived upon an untouched shipwreck the experience is described as very moving indeed.’
- ‘He is described as young and tall and was wearing a black tee-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap.’
- ‘He was described as fun-loving, adventurous and with a great sense of humour but also very dedicated.’
- ‘There was only one word to describe his expression, every time I looked over at him.’
- ‘The book vividly described the wretched conditions of Mexican rural life and the brutality of the revolution.’
- ‘While writing she realised how few words we have to describe these experiences.’
- ‘It is impossible for me to conjure up the words to adequately describe my own experiences.’
- ‘It is the size of a paper clip and is described as a cross between a stick insect and a praying mantis.’
2Mark out or draw (a geometric figure)‘on the diameter of a circle an equilateral triangle is described’
delineate, mark out, outline, trace, draw, sketchView synonyms
- ‘Thus, an arc is described in Figure I from C which cuts the triangle at I and J.’
- ‘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".’
- ‘After it has been well stretched, a circle is described with a piece of charcoal.’
Late Middle English: from Latin describere, from de- ‘down’ + scribere ‘write’.
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