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Meaning of describe by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English descriven, from Old French descrivre, from Latin dēscrībō ( “I copy off, transcribe, sketch off, describe in painting or writing” ), from dē ( “off” ) + scrībō ( “write” ); see scribe and shrive .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /dəˈskɹaɪb/, /dɪsˈkɹaɪb/, SAMPA: /d@"skraIb/, /dIs"kraIb/
    • Rhymes: -aɪb


    External links

    • describe in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • describe in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of describe by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. identify as in botany or biology, for example

    2. to give an account or representation of in words

    3. Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental
    4. give a description of

    5. make a mark or lines on a surface

    Definition of describe by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Describe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Described ; p. pr. & vb. n. Describing.] [L. describere, descriptum; de- + scribere to write: cf. OE. descriven, OF. descrivre, F. décrire. See Scribe, and cf. Descry.]
      1. To represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out; as, “to describe a circle by the compasses; a torch waved about the head in such a way as to describe a circle.”

      2. To represent by words written or spoken; to give an account of; to make known to others by words or signs; as, “the geographer describes countries and cities”.

      3. To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class. [Obs.]

      Passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven parts in a book. Josh. xviii. 9.

      Syn. -- To set forth; represent; delineate; relate; recount; narrate; express; explain; depict; portray; chracterize.

    2. Describe, v. i. To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, “Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty”.