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To describe or define something - thesaurus

Synonyms

describe

verb

to give details about what someone or something is like

define

verb

to describe clearly and exactly what something is

illustrate

verb

to show what something is like, or to show that something is true

set out

to explain, describe, or arrange something in a clear and detailed way, especially in writing

pin down

to understand or describe something exactly

set forth

formal to explain or describe something in a clear and detailed way, especially in writing

delineate

verb

formal to describe something very exactly

exemplify

verb

to show something using an example

profile

verb

to give a description of a person, place, or organization in an article, or a television or radio programme

paint

verb

to describe someone or something in a particular way

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be a reflection on

to show the faults of someone or something clearly

call

verb

to describe or refer to someone or something in a particular way

call

verb

to describe yourself in a particular way

capture

verb

to express what someone or something is really like in a way that people can clearly recognize

define

verb

to show the shape of something

depict

verb

to describe someone or something using words or pictures

illustrate

verb

to show something by using pictures, diagrams, lists of numbers etc

leave something to someone’s imagination

to show or describe some but not all of something, because people can easily imagine what the rest is like

model

verb

to produce a simple technical description to show how something such as a process, system, or theory works

paint/draw/present a grim picture

to describe a situation in a way that shows how bad it is

particularise

a British spelling of particularize

particularize

verb

formal to provide specific details or instances of something

portray

verb

to show or describe someone or something in a particular way

present

verb

to show someone or something in a particular way so that people have a particular opinion about them

preview

verb

to provide a short description or general idea of something that will happen or be available in the future

recount

verb

formal to say what happened

reflect

verb

to show the existence or nature of something

say

verb

to show indirectly what someone or something is like

showcase

verb

to show someone or something in a way that attracts attention and emphasizes their good qualities

tag

verb

informal to describe someone or something in a particular way

trace

verb

to describe what happened in a long process or series of events

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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