Meaning of DESCRIPTION in English

de ‧ scrip ‧ tion S2 W2 /dɪˈskrɪpʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable and countable]

[ Word Family: adjective : describable ≠ ↑ indescribable , ↑ nondescript , ↑ descriptive ; verb : ↑ describe ; noun : ↑ description ; adverb : ↑ descriptively ]

1 . a piece of writing or speech that gives details about what someone or something is like

description of

an accurate description of the event

The booklet gives a brief description of each place.

Berlin sounds fascinating from your description.

⇨ ↑ job description

2 . be beyond/past description to be too good, bad, big etc to be described easily:

The death and destruction were beyond description.

3 . of every/some/any etc description ( also of all descriptions ) people or things of every type, some type etc:

People of all descriptions came to see the show.

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■ verbs

▪ give (somebody) a description

She was unable to give the police a description of her attacker.

▪ provide a description formal

The diary provides a clear description of farming life in the 1850s.

▪ issue a description (=formally give a description of someone to the public)

Police have issued a description of the two men they are looking for.

▪ fit/match a description (=be like the person in a police description)

The first man they arrested did not fit the description given by the victim.

▪ somebody answering a description (=a person who looks like someone in a police description)

A young girl answering this description has been seen in Spain.

■ adjectives

▪ good

Her descriptions of the natural world are very good.

▪ clear

He gave us a clear description of the situation in the city.

▪ detailed

Some of his descriptions of the island are very detailed.

▪ accurate

I don't think the hotel's description of its facilities was very accurate.

▪ vivid (=very clear and interesting)

The book contains some vivid descriptions of his childhood.

▪ perfect

We have a perfect description of the man we are looking for.

▪ a full description formal (=detailed)

Please give a full description of your responsibilities in your present job.

▪ a long/lengthy description

I didn't want to hear a lengthy description of their holiday.

▪ a brief/short description

There's only a brief description of the hotel on the Internet.

▪ a general description (=not detailed)

He started by giving us a general description of the manufacturing process.

▪ a graphic description (=very clear and containing a lot of details, usually about something unpleasant)

The book has some graphic descriptions of life in the prison camp.

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▪ account a written or spoken description that says what happens in an event or process:

He provided the police with a detailed account of what he saw.

▪ description something you say or write that gives details about what something or someone is like:

The report gave a brief description of the problem.

▪ story an account of something that has happened which may not be true – used especially when people are telling each other about something:

I don’t think he was honest enough to tell us the full story.


Her parents did not believe her story.

▪ report a written or spoken account of a situation or event, giving people the information they need, especially after studying something as part of your job:

The UN will issue a report on the incident.


Initial police reports suggest she was murdered.

▪ version a particular person’s account of an event, which is different from the account that another person gives:

Her version of events has been contradicted by other witnesses.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.