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English verb: describe

1. describe (communication) give a description of

SamplesHe drew an elaborate plan of attack.

Synonymsdepict, draw

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)exposit, expound, set forth

Narrower (hyponym)adumbrate, delineate, outline, represent, sketch

2. describe (communication) to give an account or representation of in words

SamplesDiscreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental.

Synonymsaccount, report

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)inform

3. describe (contact) make a mark or lines on a surface

SamplesDraw a line.
Trace the outline of a figure in the sand.

Synonymsdelineate, draw, line, trace

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)mark

Narrower (hyponym)circumscribe, circumscribe, construct, inscribe, write

Verb groupdraw, draw

4. describe (cognition) identify as in botany or biology, for example

Synonymsdiscover, distinguish, identify, key, key out, name

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Entailassort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out

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