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Definition of describe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they describe
    he / she / it describes
    past simple described
    -ing form describing
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  1. 1to say what someone or something is like describe somebody/something (to/for somebody) Can you describe him to me? The current political situation in Vietnam is described in chapter 8. describe somebody/something as something The man was described as tall and dark, and aged about 20. Jim was described by his colleagues as “unusual.” describe how, what, etc… Describe how you did it. describe (somebody/something) doing something Several people described seeing strange lights in the sky.
  2. 2describe something (formal or technology) to make a movement that has a particular shape; to form a particular shape The shark described a circle around the shoal of fish. The road describes a long loop around the town.
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