Definitions for describedɪˈskraɪb
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word describe
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to tell or depict in words; give an account of:
to describe an accident in detail.
to pronounce, as by a designating term or phrase:
to describe someone as a tyrant.
to represent or delineate by a picture.
to draw or trace the outline of:
to describe an arc.
Origin of describe:
1400–50; < L dēscrībere=dē-de - +scrībere to write
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
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
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."
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
British National Corpus
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
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?
- descreverPortuguese (BR)
- popsat; charakterizovatCzech
- beskrive; skildreDanish
- تعریف کردن؛ شرح دادنFarsi
- वर्णन करनाHindi
- leír, ecsetelHungarian
- papasakoti, apibūdintiLithuanian
- aprakstīt; attēlotLatvian
- beskrive, framstilleNorwegian
- تعریف کردن؛ شرح دادنPersian
- روښانول، تشريح كول، غټ غټ ټكى څرګندول، بيانولPashto
- a descrieRomanian
- opísať; povedaťSlovak
- tanımlamak, anlatmakTurkish
- 描寫Chinese (Trad.)
- الفاظ میں بیان کرناUrdu
- mô tảVietnamese
- 描写Chinese (Simp.)
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