Etymology
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describe (v.)

mid-13c., descriven, "interpret, explain," a sense now obsolete; c. 1300, "represent orally or by writing," from Old French descrivre, descrire (13c.) and directly from Latin describere "to write down, copy; sketch, represent," from de "down" (see de-) + scribere "to write" (from PIE root *skribh- "to cut").

From late 14c. as "form or trace by motion;" c. 1400 as "delineate or mark the form or figure of, outline." Reconstructed with Latin spelling from c. 1450. Related: Described, describes, describing.

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Definitions of describe

describe (v.)
give a description of;
Synonyms: depict / draw
describe (v.)
to give an account or representation of in words;
Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental
Synonyms: report / account
describe (v.)
make a mark or lines on a surface;
Synonyms: trace / draw / line / delineate
describe (v.)
identify as in botany or biology, for example;
Synonyms: identify / discover / key / key out / distinguish / name
From wordnet.princeton.edu