A witness describes what she saw to a police officer.
An example of describe is someone giving the police details about how their attacker looked.
transitive verb-·scribed′, -·scrib′ing
- to tell or write about; give a detailed account of
- to picture in words
- to move through space in such a way as to represent or conform to (the outline of a given shape): the gymnast's rotating arm described an arc
- Obs. to descry: so used through confusion
Origin of describeMiddle English descriven from Old French descrivre from Classical Latin describere, to copy down, transcribe from de-, from + scribere, to write: see scribe
transitive verbde·scribed, de·scrib·ing, de·scribes
- To give an account of in speech or writing: describe a sea voyage.
- To convey an idea or impression of; characterize: She described her childhood as a time of wonder and discovery.
- To represent pictorially; depict: Goya's etchings describe the horrors of war in grotesque detail.
- To trace the form or outline of: describe a circle with a compass.
Origin of describeMiddle English describen from Latin dēscrībere to write down dē- de- scrībere to write ; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present describes, present participle describing, simple past and past participle described)
- To represent in words.
- The feeling is difficult to describe, but not unpleasant.
- The geographer describes countries and cities.
- To represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out.
- to describe a circle by the compasses; a torch waved about the head in such a way as to describe a circle
- (mathematics) To give rise to a geometrical structure.
- The function describes a very complex surface.
- (biology) To reveal a new species by scientifically explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other species.
- The fungus was first described by a botanist.