Definition of describe in English:



  • 1Give an account in words of (someone or something), including all the relevant characteristics, qualities, or events.

    ‘the police said the man was described as white, 6 ft. tall, with mousy, cropped hair’
    • ‘For those who have dived upon an untouched shipwreck the experience is described as very moving indeed.’
    • ‘He had a clean-shaven, fair face and had what was described as a local accent.’
    • ‘While writing she realised how few words we have to describe these experiences.’
    • ‘He has a single expression that might be described as pensive disappointment.’
    • ‘People came from Norway on an arduous, and in some cases terrifying, voyage, vividly described here.’
    • ‘Local history has often been described as the story of people in a place over time.’
    • ‘He was described as having blond eyebrows, blue eyes and a local accent.’
    • ‘Most methods have been described previously in detail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is described as young and tall and was wearing a black tee-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap.’
    • ‘What most people discover is that they use the same words to describe both experiences.’
    • ‘He is described as about 6ft tall, medium to thin build, with black and shaven hair.’
    • ‘The attackers were described as three black males wearing dark clothes.’
    • ‘The situation described in the last paragraph is unlikely.’
    • ‘The book vividly described the wretched conditions of Mexican rural life and the brutality of the revolution.’
    • ‘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 film's narrative can best be described as a boy's adventure story turned tragic.’
    • ‘In the demographic campaign, the cities were described in the most gloomy terms.’
    designate, pronounce, call, label, style, dub
    report, narrate, recount, relate, tell of, set out, chronicle
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  • 2Mark out or draw (a geometric figure)

    ‘on the diameter of a circle an equilateral triangle is described’
    • ‘After it has been well stretched, a circle is described with a piece of charcoal.’
    • ‘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".’
    delineate, mark out, outline, trace, draw, sketch
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Late Middle English: from Latin describere, from de- down + scribere write.