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From Middle English descriven, from Old French descrivre, from Latin dēscrībō (“I copy off, transcribe, sketch off, describe in painting or writing”), from dē (“off”) + scrībō (“write”); see scribe and shrive.
- (UK) IPA: /dəˈskɹaɪb/, /dɪsˈkɹaɪb/, X-SAMPA: /d@"skraIb/, /dIs"kraIb/
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- Rhymes: -aɪb
- (transitive) To represent in words.
- The feeling is difficult to describe, but not unpleasant.
- (transitive) (mathematics) To give rise to a geometrical structure.
- The function describes a very complex surface.
- Uncas described an arc in the water with his own blade, and as the canoe passed swiftly on, Chingachgook recovered his paddle, and flourishing it on high, he gave the war-whoop of the Mohicans. (James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans)
- (transitive) (biology) To scientifically reveal a new species by technically explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other species.
- The fungus was first described by a botanist.
Related terms 
to represent in words
to give rise to a geometrical structure
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- describe in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- describe in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- second-person singular present active imperative of dēscrībō
describe (infinitive describir)