Meaning of “describe” in the English Dictionary

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"describe" in British English

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describeverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈskraɪb/ us /dɪˈskraɪb/

A2 to say or write what someone or something is like:

Could you describe your attacker?
He described the painting in detail.
[ + question word ] Let me describe (to you) how it happened.
She described Gary as shy.

formal If you describe a shape, you draw it or move in a direction that follows the line of it:

He used compasses to describe a circle.

More examples

  • Please describe to the court exactly what you saw.
  • His latest film is described as a 'romantic comedy'.
  • His teacher described him as a noisy, disruptive influence in class.
  • It couldn't by any stretch of the imagination be described as a beautiful city.
  • He insisted on describing his operation in graphic detail while we were eating lunch.

(Definition of “describe” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"describe" in American English

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describeverb [ T ]

us /dɪˈskrɑɪb/

to give a written or spoken report of how something is done or of what someone or something is like:

They want us to prepare a report describing the area.
[ + question word ] Just describe what happened.
The Democrats describe their rivals as the party of the rich.

(Definition of “describe” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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