describe

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/dɪˈskraɪb/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/dɪˈskraɪb/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(di skrīb)


Inflections of 'describe' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
describes
v 3rd person singular
describing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
described
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
described
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
describe
The verb describe can be used either with a direct object or with a wh-clause.
used with a direct object
When you describe someone or something, you say what they are like.
Can you describe your son?
You can use describe with a direct object and an indirect object. The direct object goes first.
He described the murderer in detail to the police officer.
She described the feeling to me.
used with a wh-clause
Describe can be used in front of various kinds of wh-clause.
The man described what he had seen.
He described how he escaped from prison.
You can use describe with an indirect object and a wh-clause. The indirect object goes first.
I can't describe to you what it was like.
I described to him what had happened in Patricia's house.
Be careful
When you use describe with an indirect object, you must put to in front of the indirect object. Don't say, for example, ‘She described me the feeling’ or ‘I can’t describe you what it was like'.
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