descry


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de·scry

 (dĭ-skrī′)
tr.v. de·scried, de·scry·ing, de·scries
1. To catch sight of (something difficult to discern). See Synonyms at see1.
2. To discover by careful observation or scrutiny; detect: descried a message of hope in her words.

[Middle English descrien, from Old French descrier, to call, cry out; see decry.]

de·scri′er n.

descry

(dɪˈskraɪ)
vb (tr) , -scries, -scrying or -scried
1. to discern or make out; catch sight of
2. to discover by looking carefully; detect
[C14: from Old French descrier to proclaim, decry]
deˈscrier n

de•scry

(dɪˈskraɪ)

v.t. -scried, -scry•ing.
1. to see (something unclear) by looking carefully.
2. to discover; detect.
[1250–1300; < Old French de(s)crïer to proclaim, decry. See dis-1, cry]
de•scri′er, n.

descry


Past participle: descried
Gerund: descrying

Imperative
descry
descry
Present
I descry
you descry
he/she/it descries
we descry
you descry
they descry
Preterite
I descried
you descried
he/she/it descried
we descried
you descried
they descried
Present Continuous
I am descrying
you are descrying
he/she/it is descrying
we are descrying
you are descrying
they are descrying
Present Perfect
I have descried
you have descried
he/she/it has descried
we have descried
you have descried
they have descried
Past Continuous
I was descrying
you were descrying
he/she/it was descrying
we were descrying
you were descrying
they were descrying
Past Perfect
I had descried
you had descried
he/she/it had descried
we had descried
you had descried
they had descried
Future
I will descry
you will descry
he/she/it will descry
we will descry
you will descry
they will descry
Future Perfect
I will have descried
you will have descried
he/she/it will have descried
we will have descried
you will have descried
they will have descried
Future Continuous
I will be descrying
you will be descrying
he/she/it will be descrying
we will be descrying
you will be descrying
they will be descrying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been descrying
you have been descrying
he/she/it has been descrying
we have been descrying
you have been descrying
they have been descrying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been descrying
you will have been descrying
he/she/it will have been descrying
we will have been descrying
you will have been descrying
they will have been descrying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been descrying
you had been descrying
he/she/it had been descrying
we had been descrying
you had been descrying
they had been descrying
Conditional
I would descry
you would descry
he/she/it would descry
we would descry
you would descry
they would descry
Past Conditional
I would have descried
you would have descried
he/she/it would have descried
we would have descried
you would have descried
they would have descried
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.descry - catch sight of
sight, spy - catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; "he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge"

descry

verb catch sight of, see, notice, mark, discover, sight, observe, recognize, distinguish, perceive, detect, make out, discern, behold, espy, spy out From the top of the hill I descried a solitary rider.

descry

verb
1. To perceive and fix the identity of, especially with difficulty:
2. To perceive, especially barely or fleetingly:
3. To perceive with a special effort of the senses or the mind:
Translations
rozeznat

descry

[dɪsˈkraɪ] VT (liter) → divisar

descry

vt (form, liter)gewahren (geh), → erblicken
References in classic literature ?
When we gradually fell into keeping late hours and late company, I noticed that he looked about him with a desponding eye at breakfast-time; that he began to look about him more hopefully about mid-day; that he drooped when he came into dinner; that he seemed to descry Capital in the distance rather clearly, after dinner; that he all but realized Capital towards midnight; and that at about two o'clock in the morning, he became so deeply despondent again as to talk of buying a rifle and going to America, with a general purpose of compelling buffaloes to make his fortune.
He scarce had ceas't when the superiour Fiend Was moving toward the shore; his ponderous shield Ethereal temper, massy, large and round, Behind him cast; the broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb Through Optic Glass the TUSCAN Artist views At Ev'ning from the top of FESOLE, Or in VALDARNO, to descry new Lands, Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe.
They had gone rather more than a league and had begun to descry the first houses of the village, the red-tiled roofs of which stood out from the green trees which surrounded them, when, coming toward them mounted on a mule, they perceived a poor monk, whose large hat and gray worsted dress made them take him for an Augustine brother.
When the inhabitants of some sequestered island first descry the 'big canoe' of the European rolling through the blue waters towards their shores, they rush down to the beach in crowds, and with open arms stand ready to embrace the strangers.
If, as he folds the handkerchief and carefully puts it up, it were able with an enchanted power to bring before him the place where she found it and the night-landscape near the cottage where it covered the little child, would he descry her there?
There Burton, who was completely worn out, lay ill for several months, during which time Speke made a push to the northward of more than three hundred miles, going as far as Lake Okeracua, which he came in sight of on the 3d of August; but he could descry only the opening of it at latitude two degrees thirty minutes.
In the faint light, too, we could descry dim galloping forms half hidden by wreaths of sand.
Nowhere could he see the battlefield he had expected to find, but only fields, meadows, troops, woods, the smoke of campfires, villages, mounds, and streams; and try as he would he could descry no military "position" in this place which teemed with life, nor could he even distinguish our troops from the enemy's.
From time to time, however, Boxtel withdrew his eyes for a moment from the tulip and the purse, timidly looking among the crowd, for more than anything he dreaded to descry there the pale face of the pretty Frisian girl.
Thus wore out night; and now the harald Lark Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song.
I never saw him afterwards, but I sometimes imagine that I descry a faint reflection of him in John Browdie.
He knows I have no one but Rachel to speak to, for we have no neighbours here, except the Hargraves, whose residence I can dimly descry from these upper windows embosomed among those low, woody hills beyond the Dale.