description

noun
ADJECTIVE
complete, comprehensive, detailed, full

The catalogue gives a full description of each product.

accurate, apt, clear, exact, excellent, fair, fitting, good, perfect

‘Like a fish out of water’ was an apt description of how I felt in my new job.

rich, vivid

a vivid description of life in the Wild West

graphic, lurid

She gave us a lurid description of the birth.

lengthy, long
brief, short
basic, simple
general, vague
objective

A report is generally an objective description rather than a statement of opinion.

formal
verbal, written
physical
job

There was no mention of any cleaning in my job description.

VERB + DESCRIPTION
give (sb), issue (BrE), offer (sb), provide (sb with)

Police have issued a description of the gunman.

She was able to provide a description of the intruder.

fit, match

A man fitting your description was seen entering the building.

Police have arrested two men matching the descriptions of the robbers.

beggar, defy

His face was so odd that it defies description.

DESCRIPTION + VERB
apply to sb, fit sb

I realized to my horror that the description of the killer could fit me.


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  • description — [ dɛskripsjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1160; lat. descriptio 1 ♦ Action de décrire, énumération des caractères (de qqch.). Description orale, écrite. Faire, donner une, la description de qqch., de qqn. Description exacte, fidèle, précise. Description d une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • description — de·scrip·tion n: a representation in words of the nature and characteristics of a thing: as a: a specification of the boundaries of a piece of land (as for a deed) b: an explanation of an invention in a patent application or printed publication… …   Law dictionary

  • description — DESCRIPTION. s. f. Discours par lequel on décrit, on dépeint. Il y a de belles descriptions dans cet Historien, dans ce Poëte. La description d un Palais, d une maison, d un jardin, d une tempête, des effets d une passion. Faire une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • description — Description. s. f. v. L s se prononce. Discours par lequel on descrit, on depeint. Il y a de belles descriptions dans cet historien, dans ce poëte. la description d une belle maison, d un jardin, d une tempeste, d une passion. faire une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Description — De*scrip tion, n. [F. description, L. descriptio. See {Describe}.] 1. The act of describing; a delineation by marks or signs. [1913 Webster] 2. A sketch or account of anything in words; a portraiture or representation in language; an enumeration… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • description — Fowler (1926) discouraged the use of description as an alternative to kind and sort in expressions such as crimes of this description, but the use has become well established and often seems appropriate if sometimes a little old fashioned: • If… …   Modern English usage

  • description — [di skrip′shən] n. [ME descripcioun < OFr description < L descriptio, a marking out, delineation < pp. of describere] 1. the act, process, art, or technique of describing or picturing in words 2. a statement or passage that describes 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • description — late 14c., from O.Fr. description (12c.) and directly from L. descriptionem (nom. descriptio) representation, description, copy, noun of action from pp. stem of describere write down, transcribe, copy, sketch, from de down (see DE (Cf. de )) +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • description — [n1] account in speech, writing ABCs*, blow by blow, brief, characterization, chronicle, confession, declaration, definition, delineation, depiction, detail, explanation, explication, fingerprint, information, make, monograph, narration,… …   New thesaurus

  • description — Description, Descriptio. La description du monde, Cosmographia …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • description — ► NOUN 1) a spoken or written account. 2) the process of describing. 3) a sort, kind, or class: people of any description …   English terms dictionary

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