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descriptionnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /dɪˈskrɪp.ʃən/
B1 something that ​tells you what something or someone is like: Write a description ofyourfavouritebeach. She has given the ​police a very detailed/​full description of the ​robber. A ​girl answering (= ​matching) the description of the ​missingteenager was ​spotted in Glasgow. Your ​papercontains too much description, and not enough ​discussion of the ​issues.of every description of all ​types: Boats of every description were ​entering the ​harbour.be beyond description (also defy description) to be something that you cannot ​describeaccurately because of ​itsgreatsize, ​quality, or ​level: Her ​beauty is beyond description. The ​mess in Bart's ​roomdefies description (= is very ​bad)!

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

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descriptionnoun [C/U]

 us   /dɪˈskrɪp·ʃən/
literature a ​statement or a ​piece of writing that ​tells what something or someone is like: [C] Your description of Della was ​hilarious. [U] Boats of every description (= of all ​types)entered the ​harbor. [U] The ​beauty of the Rockies is beyond description (= is ​impossible to ​describe).
descriptive
adjective  us   /dɪˈskrɪp·tɪv/
His ​poetryskillfullyincorporates descriptive ​details.
(Definition of description from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “description”
in Arabic وَصْف…
in Korean 묘사…
in Portuguese descrição…
in Catalan descripció…
in Japanese 描写…
in Chinese (Simplified) 描述,描写,描绘…
in Turkish tanım, anlatım, betimleme…
in Russian описание…
in Chinese (Traditional) 描述,描寫,描繪…
in Italian descrizione…
in Polish opis…
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