describe(redirected from describing)
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These verbs mean to tell the facts, details, or particulars of something in speech or in writing: described the accident; narrated their travel experiences; an explorer reciting her adventures; a mercenary recounting his exploits; related the day's events; reported what she had seen.
v.t. -scribed, -scrib•ing.
The verb describe can be used either with a direct object or with a wh-clause.
When you describe someone or something, you say what they are like.
You can use describe with a direct object and an indirect object. The direct object goes first.
Describe can be used in front of various kinds of wh-clause.
You can use describe with an indirect object and a wh-clause. The indirect object goes first.
When you use describe with an indirect object, you must put to in front of the indirect object. Don't say, for example, 'She described me the feeling' or 'I can't describe you what it was like'.
Past participle: described
|Verb||1.||describe - give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"|
represent - describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality; "He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel"
delineate - describe in vivid detail
|2.||describe - to give an account or representation of in words; "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"|
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
|3.||describe - make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"|
mark - make or leave a mark on; "the scouts marked the trail"; "ash marked the believers' foreheads"
construct - draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions; "construct an equilateral triangle"
inscribe - draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
circumscribe - draw a line around; "He drew a circle around the points"
circumscribe - to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
draw - engage in drawing; "He spent the day drawing in the garden"
draw - represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse"
write - mark or trace on a surface; "The artist wrote Chinese characters on a big piece of white paper"; "Russian is written with the Cyrillic alphabet"
|4.||describe - identify as in botany or biology, for example|
describe him for us → descríbenoslo
the feeling is impossible to describe → la sensación es indescriptible
she describes herself as an executive → se define como una ejecutiva
I wouldn't describe her as a feminist → no la calificaría de or describiría como feminista
describe[dɪˈskraɪb] vt → décrire
to describe how ... → décrire comment ..., décrire de quelle manière ...
to describe what ... → décrire ce que ...
to describe sth to sb → décrire qch à qn
to describe sb to sb → décrire qn à qn
to describe sth as → qualifier qch de
She described the meeting as very productive → Elle a qualifié la réunion de très productive.
to describe sb as → décrire qn comme
to be described as → être décrit(e) comme
to describe o.s. as sth → se qualifier de qch
They describe themselves as liberals → Ils se qualifient de libéraux.