- de|scribeW1S1 [dıˈskraıb] v [T][Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: describere, from scribere 'to write']1.) to say what something or someone is like by giving details about them▪ The police asked her to describe the two men.▪ An alternative approach to the problem is described in Chapter 3.describe sb/sth as (being/having) sth▪ 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 sb/sth to sb▪ So describe this new boyfriend to me!describe doing sth▪ He described finding his mother lying on the floor.2.) describe a circle/an arc etcformal to make a movement which forms the shape of a circle etc▪ Her hand described a circle in the air.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.