- 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.
transitive verbde·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 of descryMiddle English descrien, from Old French descrier, to call, cry out; see decry.
(third-person singular simple present descries, present participle descrying, simple past and past participle descried)
- To see.
- To discover (a distant or obscure object) by the eye; to espy; to discern or detect.
- To discover; to disclose; to reveal.
From Old French descrier (“to proclaim, announce, cry”).