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.

Definitions of describe
  1. verb
    give a description of
    synonyms: depict, draw
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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
  2. verb
    give an account or representation of in words
    “Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental”
    synonyms: account, report
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    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  3. verb
    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
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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
  4. verb
    identify as in botany or biology, for example
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