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DeScribe is sometimes a misspelling of described.

The word describe is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb describe

What does describe mean as a doing word?

Describe is one of the top 100 most common verbs. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in informational written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: described | describing | describes

  1. give a description of
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Predicate, what-extraction]He described what we should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Predicate, what-infinitive clause]He described what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, object control with -ing]He characterized him as being smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, small clause]He characterized him to be smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]He characterized him as smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, arbitrary control with -ing]He described going to work
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, how-extraction]He described how he could rise to high office
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]He described how to do it

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): accept, define, envisage, identify, imagine, portray, recollect, remember, represent, visualize.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of describe: depict / draw
    • more generic terms: exposit / expound / set forth = state
    • more specific words:
      • represent = describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality
      • delineate = describe in vivid detail
      • adumbrate / outline / sketch = describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
  2. to give an account or representation of in words
    • example: Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of describe: account / report
    • more generic word: inform = impart knowledge of some fact, state of affairs, or event to
  3. make a mark or lines on a surface
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of describe: delineate / draw / line / trace
    • more generic word: mark = make or leave a mark on
    • more specific words:
      • construct = draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions
      • inscribe = draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
      • circumscribe = draw a line around
      • circumscribe = to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
      • write = mark or trace on a surface
  4. identify as in botany or biology, for example

Alternative definition of the verb describe


  1. [transitive] To represent in words.
  2. [transitive] [mathematics] To give rise to a geometrical structure.
  3. [transitive] [biology] To scientifically reveal a new species by technically explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other species.


Who is DeScribe?

DeScribe: Shneur Hasofer, better known by his stage name DeScribe, is an Australian singer-songwriter. His music combines elements of Pop, Dance and Reggae.


Describe is a software.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for DeScribe

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Google previewGenesis Revisited (2002)

Is Modern Science Catching Up With Ancient Knowledge? by Zecharia Sitchin

The most obvious difference betweenthe testtube baby variantsand what theancient texts describe is that in the former the natural process of procreation is emulated: human male sperm fertilize a human female egg that then develops ...

Google previewThe Origins and History of Consciousness (1986)

by Erich Neumann

What makes the real psychology of childhood so extraordinarily difficult to describe is the fact that there is no developed ego complex capable of gaining experience, or at least of remembering its experience. For this reason child psychology, ...

Google previewEnterprise Patterns and MDA (2003)

Building Better Software with Archetype Patterns and UML by Jim Arlow, Ila Neustadt

The simplest situation to describe is a connection-oriented socket. With a connection- oriented socket, a system that waits for a connection is called a server.

Google previewAdvances in Social Work Practice with the Military (2012)

by Joan Beder

An additional area to describe is the component labeled “Family Meaning and Schema.

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1856)

France - Gra

From the points A and B as centres, with any radius greater than the half of AB, describe arches, cutting each other in D and D on each side of the line AB. Draw a straight line through the points D, D, cutting AB in C ; the line AB is bisected in C.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Engineering (1906)

A Treatise on Boilers, Steam Engines, the Locomotive, Electricity, Machine Shop Practice, Air Brake Practice, Engineer's Catechism, Gas, Oil, Traction and Automobile Motors, Refrigeration by Calvin Franklin Swingle

On the base AB of the cone describe the semicircle AFB. With C as a center and radius CB, describe the arc BG.

Google previewIconographic Encyclopaedia of Science, Literature, and Art (1852)

by Johann Georg Heck

From C and D, with any radius, CA=DB, describe arcs intersecting the equal sides produced of each triangle in G and 7, H and K : and finally, connect these points by arcs described with the radii FH=EK, from F and E as centres. Fig. 88 agrees ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature (1810)

describe the quirked cima reversa, B.-Divide the persodicular height into seven parts; with two of the parts escribe a...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

To describe the projectioh of a less circle parallel to the plane of projection, and at a given distance from its pole. ..." Let ADB (Fig. 46: Plate ago) be the primitive, and C its centre: set the di ; e circle from its pole, from B to H, and from H to D ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge (1806)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

be the given drele, and DE the arch to be measured : find iternal pole P; and describe the circle AFI Bel to the primitive, and whose distance from rojecting point may be equal to the distance K given less circle from its pole P : then join PE, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1823)

EPI, parallel to adjacent to the main frame shall be equal to the breadth , nary **, the keel; describe the quadrants PGI, PMN, the ra- at the main frame; in this case, the centres of the qua: Pro". - dius being PGP; make PH equal to EF, and PO ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Geomorphology (2004)

by Andrew Goudie

Aspects of mathematics particularly relevant to geomorphology include analysis of numerical relationships among measured quantities, the use of differential equations to describe processes, and descriptive mathematics related to form, such ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

foreign terms used in English entre nous A French phrase meaning between ourselves, used to describe something that is in confidence. entrepreneur A French word meaning someone who undertakes something, used to mean someone ...

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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb describe:

spoken English20%written English80% imaginative writing16.35%informational writing83.65%

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How I would describe my characters is absolutely different from how I would describe myself. (Salma Hayek)
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Scrabble value of D2E1S1C3R1I1B3E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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