describe

To describe is to report details about something either out loud or in writing. "Since we can't come to Paris with you, please describe it in your letter!"

Describe is from the Latin word describere which means "to write down." When you describe something, you're "da" scribe, the person writing things down! Writing teachers love to have students describe, using lots of details using the five senses and figurative language. It doesn't have to be written down, though — you can also describe that gold dress you saw to your friend on the phone. Or you can describe a circle, by sketching it out with a stick in the sand.

Primary Meanings of describe

1.
v
give a description of
2.
v
make a mark or lines on a surface
3.
v
identify as in botany or biology, for example
Full Definitions of describe
1

v give a description of

Synonyms:
depict, draw
Types:
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represent
describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality
delineate
describe in vivid detail
adumbrate, outline, sketch
describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
symbolise, symbolize
represent or identify by using a symbol; use symbols
actualise, actualize
represent or describe realistically
block out
indicate roughly
Type of:
exposit, expound, set forth
state

v give an account or representation of in words

“Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental”
Synonyms:
account, report
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
2

v make a mark or lines on a surface

Synonyms:
delineate, draw, line, trace
draw
engage in drawing
draw
represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface
Types:
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construct
draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions
inscribe
draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
circumscribe
draw a line around
circumscribe
to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
write
mark or trace on a surface
dot
make a dot or dots
stenograph
write in shorthand
calligraph
write beautifully and ornamentally
cross
trace a line through or across
superscribe
write on the outside or upper part of
superscribe
write on the top or outside
capitalise, capitalize
write in capital letters
letter
mark letters on or mark with letters
print
write as if with print; not cursive
scrawl, scribble
write carelessly
copy
copy down as is
impress, print
reproduce by printing
Type of:
mark
make or leave a mark on
3

v identify as in botany or biology, for example

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