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Verb: describe  di'skrIb
  1. Give a description of
    "He described an elaborate plan of attack";
    - depict, draw
     
  2. To give an account or representation of in words
    "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental";
    - report, account
     
  3. Make a mark or lines on a surface
    "describe the outline of a figure in the sand";
    - trace, draw, line, delineate
     
  4. Classify or apply the appropriate name to, e.g. in botany or biology
    - identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, name

Derived forms: described, describing, describes

Type of: exposit, expound, inform, mark, set forth

Encyclopedia: Describe