AskDefine | Define describe

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1 give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack" [syn: depict, draw]
2 to give an account or representation of in words; "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental" [syn: report, account]
3 identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, name]
4 make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: trace, draw, line, delineate]

User Contributed Dictionary



From describe < describo


  • a UK /dəˈskɹaɪb/|/dɪsˈkɹaɪb/, /d@"skraIb/|/dIs"kraIb/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪb


  1. To represent in words.
    The feeling is difficult to describe, but not unpleasant.
  2. To give rise to a geometrical structure.
    The function describes a very complex surface.

Related terms


to represent in words
to give rise to a geometrical structure

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

be characteristic, bring to life, character, characterize, chronicle, construe, define, delineate, demarcate, depict, detail, diagnose, differentiate, distinguish, draw, earmark, evoke, explain, express, give words to, identify, interpret, keynote, label, limn, mark, mark off, mark out, narrate, outline, paint, picture, portray, read, read into, recite, recount, relate, render, report, represent, retail, set apart, set forth, set the pace, set the tone, sketch, sound the keynote, specify, style, take, take it that, take to mean, trace, traverse, understand, understand by, write
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