Descry meaning

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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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To catch sight of (something difficult to discern).
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To discover by careful observation or scrutiny; detect.

Descried a message of hope in her words.

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To catch sight of; discern (distant or obscure objects)
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To look for and discover; detect.
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To see.
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To discover (a distant or obscure object) by the eye; to espy; to discern or detect.
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To discover; to disclose; to reveal.
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Origin of descry

  • Middle English descrien from Old French descrier to call, cry out decry

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French descrier (“to proclaim, announce, cry”).

    From Wiktionary