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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.]
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