Definition of descry verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

descry

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈskraɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskraɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they descry
BrE BrE//dɪˈskraɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskraɪ//
 
he / she / it descries
BrE BrE//dɪˈskraɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskraɪz//
 
past simple descried
BrE BrE//dɪˈskraɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskraɪd//
 
past participle descried
BrE BrE//dɪˈskraɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskraɪd//
 
-ing form descrying
BrE BrE//dɪˈskraɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskraɪɪŋ//
 
 
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descry somebody/something (literary) to suddenly see somebody/something Word Origin Middle English: Old French descrier ‘publish, proclaim’, perhaps confused with obsolete descry ‘describe’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: descry