description Definition

  • 1a spoken or written representation or account of a person, object, or event
  • 2the act of describing something

Using description: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "description" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The police asked for a description of the suspect.

  • Example

    The book includes a detailed description of the landscape.

  • Example

    Can you give me a brief description of your job?

  • Example

    The product description was misleading.

description Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for description

Idioms Using description

  • match the characteristics or features of a particular person or thing


    The suspect fits the description given by the witness.

  • beyond description

    too extreme or intense to be adequately described


    The beauty of the sunset was beyond description.

  • perform well in a particular situation, especially one that is challenging or difficult


    Despite being nervous, she gave a good account of herself in the interview.

Phrases with description

  • a document that outlines the duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular job


    The company is revising the job descriptions for all its employees.

  • a detailed account of someone's physical appearance


    The witness gave a physical description of the suspect to the police.

  • a representation or account that is true and correct


    The article provided an accurate description of the events that took place.

Origins of description

from Latin 'descriptio', meaning 'representation'


Summary: description in Brief

'Description' [dɪˈskrɪpʃən] refers to a spoken or written representation or account of a person, object, or event. It can also refer to the act of describing something. Examples include 'The police asked for a description of the suspect.' and 'The product description was misleading.' Phrases like 'job description' and 'physical description' provide more specific contexts, while idioms like 'beyond description' convey intensity and 'give a good account of oneself' denote performance under pressure.

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