When you give detailed information to another person, you "describe" something. This verb is similar to "tell."

  • Samantha described her trip to Paris. (She told us about her trip to Paris.)
  • Can you describe what your house looks like?
  • It’s hard to describe what coffee tastes like to someone who has never had it before.
  • An adjective describes a noun.
  • An adverb describes a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.
  • Words can’t describe how beautiful the lake looks today.
  • She described what her attacker looked like to a police officer who drew the man’s face.

woman describing something to an artist

When the word "describe" is in the form of a noun, the word becomes description:

  • She provided a description of her assailant to a police officer.
  • This book has a good description of what Quebec looks like during the summer.
  • Give the salesperson a description of what you are looking for and he’ll help you find it.

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Published on March 31, 2012.