describe

verb
ADVERB
accurately, exactly, in detail

Their daily lives are described in detail.

aptly, well
clearly, simply
fully

This process is fully described in section three of the book.

adequately
briefly

He described briefly what happened.

vividly
variously

The shirt was variously described as ‘pink’, ‘salmon’ and ‘rose’.

VERB + DESCRIBE
cannot

Words cannot describe our feelings at that moment.

be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to
go on to

He goes on to describe vividly how Lincoln was assassinated.

Describe is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑adjective, ↑article, ↑chapter, ↑critic, ↑document, ↑magazine, ↑manual, ↑metaphor, ↑page, ↑paper, ↑paragraph, ↑participant, ↑passage, ↑report, ↑source, ↑term, ↑text, ↑word, ↑work, ↑writer
Describe is used with these nouns as the object: ↑approach, ↑arc, ↑background, ↑characteristic, ↑circle, ↑effect, ↑encounter, ↑event, ↑experience, ↑experiment, ↑feeling, ↑horror, ↑incident, ↑instance, ↑journey, ↑nature, ↑problem, ↑procedure, ↑relationship, ↑scenario, ↑scene, ↑sensation, ↑situation, ↑state, ↑strategy, ↑symptom, ↑technique, ↑vision

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  • Describe — De*scribe , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Described}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Describing}.] [L. describere, descriptum; de + scribere to write: cf. OE. descriven, OF. descrivre, F. d[ e]crire. See {Scribe}, and cf. {Descry}.] 1. To represent by drawing; to draw… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • describe — I verb annotate, be specific, characterize, clarify, define, delineate, depict, depingere, describere, detail, elucidate, explain, explicare, expound, give an account, identify, illuminate, illustrate, itemize, make clear, make plain, make vivid …   Law dictionary

  • Describe — De*scribe , v. i. To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • describe — early 13c., descriven, from O.Fr. descrivre, descrire (13c.), from L. describere to write down, copy; sketch, represent (see DESCRIPTION (Cf. description)). Reconstructed with Latin spelling 16c. Related: Describable; described, describes,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • describe — *relate, narrate, state, report, rehearse, recite, recount Analogous words: delineate, *sketch, outline …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • describe — [v] explain in speech, writing call, characterize, chronicle, communicate, construe, convey image, define, delineate, depict, detail, distinguish, draw, elucidate, epitomize, exemplify, explicate, expound, express, illuminate, illustrate, image,… …   New thesaurus

  • describe — ► VERB 1) give a detailed account in words of. 2) mark out or draw (a geometrical figure). DERIVATIVES describable adjective describer noun. ORIGIN Latin describere write down …   English terms dictionary

  • describe — [di skrīb′] vt. described, describing [ME descriven < OFr descrivre < L describere, to copy down, transcribe < de , from + scribere, to write: see SCRIBE] 1. to tell or write about; give a detailed account of 2. to picture in words 3. to …   English World dictionary

  • describe */*/*/ — UK [dɪˈskraɪb] / US verb [transitive] Word forms describe : present tense I/you/we/they describe he/she/it describes present participle describing past tense described past participle described 1) a) to give details about what someone or… …   English dictionary

  • describe — de|scribe W1S1 [dıˈskraıb] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: describere, from scribere to write ] 1.) to say what something or someone is like by giving details about them ▪ The police asked her to describe the two men. ▪ An alternative… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • describe — de|scribe [ dı skraıb ] verb transitive *** 1. ) to give details about what someone or something is like: The e mail system is fully described in section 10. I don t think that s quite the word to describe my feelings. describe someone/something… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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