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Definition 1: identify as in botany or biology, for example - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for describe in the sense of this definition

(describe implies ...) arrange or order by classes or categories

"How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"

Definition 2: give a description of - [verb of communication]

Samples where describe or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He drew an elaborate plan of attack

Synonyms for describe in the sense of this definition

(describe is a kind of ...) state

"set forth one's reasons"

(... is a kind of describe ) describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality

"He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel"

(... is a kind of describe ) describe in vivid detail

(... is a kind of describe ) describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of

"sketch the outline of the book" "outline his ideas"

Definition 3: to give an account or representation of in words - [verb of communication]

Samples where describe or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental

Synonyms for describe in the sense of this definition

(describe is a kind of ...) impart knowledge of some fact, state of affairs, or event to

"I informed him of his rights"

Definition 4: make a mark or lines on a surface - [verb of contact]

Samples where describe or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • draw a line
  • trace the outline of a figure in the sand

Synonyms for describe in the sense of this definition

(describe is a kind of ...) make or leave a mark on

"the scouts marked the trail" "ash marked the believers' foreheads"

(... is a kind of describe ) draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions

"construct an equilateral triangle"

(... is a kind of describe ) draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible

(... is a kind of describe ) draw a line around

"He drew a circle around the points"

(... is a kind of describe ) to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect

(... is a kind of describe ) 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"

(describe has a similar meaning as ...) engage in drawing

"He spent the day drawing in the garden"

(describe has a similar meaning as ...) represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface

"She drew an elephant" "Draw me a horse"

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