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- Rhymes: -aɪ
- (transitive) To see.
- (transitive) To discover (a distant or obscure object) by the eye; to espy; to discern or detect.
- Edmund, I think, is gone […] to descry / The strength o' the enemy.
- And now their way to earth they had descried.
- 1719 Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
- When I had passed the vale where my bower stood […] I came within view of the sea […] and it being a very clear day, I fairly descried land—whether an island or a continent I could not tell; but it lay very high, extending […] at a very great distance […]
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
- Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days' cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.
- To discover; to disclose; to reveal.
- His purple robe he had thrown aside, lest it should descry him.
see — see see
to notice carefully; to detect
- descry in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- descry in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- “descry” at OneLook Dictionary Search.