Definitions for describedɪˈskraɪb

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•scribedɪˈskraɪb(v.t.)-scribed, -scrib•ing.

  1. to tell or depict in words; give an account of:

    to describe an accident in detail.

  2. to pronounce, as by a designating term or phrase:

    to describe someone as a tyrant.

  3. to represent or delineate by a picture.

  4. to draw or trace the outline of:

    to describe an arc.

    Category: Math

Origin of describe:

1400–50; < L dēscrībere=dē-de - +scrībere to write


Princeton's WordNet

  1. describe, depict, draw(verb)

    give a description of

    "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"

  2. report, describe, account(verb)

    to give an account or representation of in words

    "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"

  3. 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"

  4. identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name(verb)

    identify as in botany or biology, for example

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. describe(verb)ɪˈskraɪb

    to give the details of what sth is like

    I tried to describe my feelings.; He described how he'd won the race.; She described the scene to us.; The woman was described as "a loner."


  1. describe(Verb)

    To represent in words.

    The feeling is difficult to describe, but not unpleasant.

  2. describe(Verb)

    To give rise to a geometrical structure.

  3. describe(Verb)

    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.

  4. Origin: From descriven, from descrivre, from describo, from de + scribo; see scribe and shrive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Describe(verb)

    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. Describe(verb)

    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. Describe(verb)

    to distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class

  4. Describe(verb)

    to use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2425

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2430

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Verbs Frequency: #93

Translations for describe

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to give an account of in words; to tell in words what something or someone is like

He described what had happened; Would you describe her as beautiful?

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