describe, depict, draw(verb)
give a description of
"He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
report, describe, account(verb)
to give an account or representation of in words
"Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"
trace, draw, line, describe, delineate(verb)
make a mark or lines on a surface
"draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name(verb)
identify as in botany or biology, for example
To represent in words.
The feeling is difficult to describe, but not unpleasant.
To give rise to a geometrical structure.
To scientifically reveal a new species by technically explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other species.
The fungus was first described by a botanist.
Origin: From descriven, from descrivre, from describo, from de + scribo; see scribe and shrive.
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
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
to distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class
to use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dē-skrīb′, v.t. to trace out or delineate: to give an account of.—adj. Describ′able.—n. Describ′er. [L. describĕre—de, down, and scribĕre, scriptum, to write.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2425
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2430
Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Verbs Frequency: #93
The numerical value of describe in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of describe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.
We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character.
I have said nothing because there is nothing I can say that would describe how I feel as perfectly as you deserve it.
It's outrageous. The best way to describe it is disrespectful to athletes, disrespectful to the event and what the Olympics means.
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- апі́сваць, апіса́цьBelarusian
- очертавам, описвамBulgarian
- descriureCatalan, Valencian
- popisovat, popsatCzech
- kuvata, kuvaillaFinnish
- वर्णन करना, वर्णनHindi
- 描写, 記述Japanese
- 묘사, 서술Korean
- beschrijven, omschrijvenDutch
- opisywać, opisaćPolish
- описа́ть, опи́сывать, очерти́ть, оче́рчиватьRussian
- opisati, opisivatiSerbo-Croatian
- určiť, opísať, opisovaťSlovak
- описа́ти, опи́суватиUkrainian
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