Definition of description noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈskrɪpʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskrɪpʃn//
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] description (of somebody/something) a piece of writing or speech that says what somebody/something is like; the act of writing or saying in words what somebody/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 See related entries: Elements of a story
  2. 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
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin descriptio(n-), from describere ‘write down’.Extra examples A man fitting your description was seen entering the building. A report is generally an objective description rather than a statement of opinion. His face was so odd that it defies description. I realized to my horror that the description of the killer could fit me. Police have arrested two men matching the descriptions of the robbers. She gave us a lurid description of the birth. She was able to provide a description of the intruder. The catalogue gives a full description of each product. There was no mention of any cleaning in my job description. a vivid description of life in Ancient Rome a vivid description of life in the Wild West I experienced a personal pain that goes beyond description. In the bay were boats of every description. The trunk was full of medals, coins and things of that description. Their money came from commerce of some description. There were flying machines of all descriptions whizzing about.Idioms
    answer/fit a description (of somebody/something)
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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 London yesterday.
    beggar belief/description
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    to be too extreme, shocking, etc. to believe/describe It beggars belief how things could have got this bad.
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