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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: describere, from scribere 'to write'

describe

verb
     
de‧scribe S1 W1 [transitive]
1 to say what something or someone is like by giving details about them:
The police asked her to describe the man.
Anpther approach to the problem is described in Chapter 3.
describe somebody/something as (being/having) something
After the operation her condition was described as comfortable.
The youth is described as being 18 to 19 years old.
describe how/why/what etc
It's difficult to describe how I feel.
describe somebody/something to somebody
So describe this new boyfriend to me!
describe doing something
He described finding his mother lying on the floor.
2

describe a circle/an arc etc

formal to make a movement which forms the shape of a circle etc:
Her hand described a circle in the air.

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