- Descry is defined as to discover or detect something.
- An example of descry is to find a fossil.
- An example of descry is to see a friendly face in the crowd.
- An example of descry is to pick out a secret code in a message.
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transitive verb de·scried, de·scry·ing, de·scries
- To catch sight of (something difficult to discern). See Synonyms at see1.
- To discover by careful observation or scrutiny; detect: descried a message of hope in her words.
Origin: Middle English descrien, from Old French descrier, to call, cry out; see decry.
- de·scriˈer noun