- 1[countable, uncountable] description (of somebody/something) a piece of writing or speech that says what someone or something is like; the act of writing or saying in words what someone or something is like to give a detailed/full description of the procedure a brief/general description of the software Police have issued a description of the gunman. “Scared stiff” is an apt description of how I felt at that moment. a personal pain that goes beyond description (= is too great to express in words) the novelist's powers of description
- 2[countable] of some, all, every, etc. description of some, etc. type boats of every description/all descriptions Their money came from trade of some description. medals, coins, and things of that description Idioms
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to be like a particular person or thing A child answering the description of the missing boy was found safe and well in Chicago yesterday.
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to be too extreme, shocking, etc. to believe/describe It beggars belief how things could have gotten this bad.
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