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From dē- +‎ scrībō (write).



dēscrībō (present infinitive dēscrībere, perfect active dēscrīpsī, supine dēscrīptum); third conjugation

  1. I copy off or transcribe something from the original, write down, write out.
  2. I describe in painting or writing, draw, draw out, sketch off.
  3. (figuratively) I represent, delineate, describe.
  4. (figuratively) I mark off, establish, define, divide or distribute into parts.


   Conjugation of dēscrībō (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dēscrībō dēscrībis dēscrībit dēscrībimus dēscrībitis dēscrībunt
imperfect dēscrībēbam dēscrībēbās dēscrībēbat dēscrībēbāmus dēscrībēbātis dēscrībēbant
future dēscrībam dēscrībēs dēscrībet dēscrībēmus dēscrībētis dēscrībent
perfect dēscrīpsī dēscrīpsistī dēscrīpsit dēscrīpsimus dēscrīpsistis dēscrīpsērunt, dēscrīpsēre
pluperfect dēscrīpseram dēscrīpserās dēscrīpserat dēscrīpserāmus dēscrīpserātis dēscrīpserant
future perfect dēscrīpserō dēscrīpseris dēscrīpserit dēscrīpserimus dēscrīpseritis dēscrīpserint
passive present dēscrībor dēscrīberis, dēscrībere dēscrībitur dēscrībimur dēscrībiminī dēscrībuntur
imperfect dēscrībēbar dēscrībēbāris, dēscrībēbāre dēscrībēbātur dēscrībēbāmur dēscrībēbāminī dēscrībēbantur
future dēscrībar dēscrībēris, dēscrībēre dēscrībētur dēscrībēmur dēscrībēminī dēscrībentur
perfect dēscrīptus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect dēscrīptus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect dēscrīptus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dēscrībam dēscrībās dēscrībat dēscrībāmus dēscrībātis dēscrībant
imperfect dēscrīberem dēscrīberēs dēscrīberet dēscrīberēmus dēscrīberētis dēscrīberent
perfect dēscrīpserim dēscrīpserīs dēscrīpserit dēscrīpserīmus dēscrīpserītis dēscrīpserint
pluperfect dēscrīpsissem dēscrīpsissēs dēscrīpsisset dēscrīpsissēmus dēscrīpsissētis dēscrīpsissent
passive present dēscrībar dēscrībāris, dēscrībāre dēscrībātur dēscrībāmur dēscrībāminī dēscrībantur
imperfect dēscrīberer dēscrīberēris, dēscrīberēre dēscrīberētur dēscrīberēmur dēscrīberēminī dēscrīberentur
perfect dēscrīptus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect dēscrīptus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dēscrībe dēscrībite
future dēscrībitō dēscrībitō dēscrībitōte dēscrībuntō
passive present dēscrībere dēscrībiminī
future dēscrībitor dēscrībitor dēscrībuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives dēscrībere dēscrīpsisse dēscrīptūrum esse dēscrībī dēscrīptum esse dēscrīptum īrī
participles dēscrībēns dēscrīptūrus dēscrīptus dēscrībendus, dēscrībundus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
dēscrībendī dēscrībendō dēscrībendum dēscrībendō dēscrīptum dēscrīptū

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  • describo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • describo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • describo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to draw geometrical figures: formas (not figuras) geometricas describere
    • to allude to a person or thing (not alludere): describere aliquem (Cael. 20. 50)
    • to give the state a constitution: civitati leges, iudicia, iura describere
  • describo in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016




  1. First-person singular (yo) present indicative form of describir.