Meaning of DESCRIPTION in English

/ dɪˈskrɪpʃn; NAmE / noun


[ C , U ] ~ (of sb/sth) a piece of writing or speech that says what sb/sth is like; the act of writing or saying in words what sb/sth 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

➡ note at report


[ C ] of some, all, every, etc. ~ 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


- answer / fit a description (of sb/sth)

—more at beggar verb



late Middle English : via Old French from Latin descriptio(n-) , from describere write down.

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