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describe someone or something as something

to describe or portray a person or a thing as something or as being in some particular state. Would you describe her as a woman of average height? We described the building as a collection of contemporary architectural clichés.
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describe someone or something to someone

to characterize or portray a particular person or thing to someone. Will you describe her to me, please? Please describe yourself to me so I will know you.
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Every body pretends to feel and tries to describe with the taste and elegance of him who first defined what picturesque beauty was.
But if I should describe the kitchen grate, the prodigious pots and kettles, the joints of meat turning on the spits, with many other particulars, perhaps I should be hardly believed; at least a severe critic would be apt to think I enlarged a little, as travellers are often suspected to do.
In the first pamphlet the battle between Don Quixote and the Biscayan was drawn to the very life, they planted in the same attitude as the history describes, their swords raised, and the one protected by his buckler, the other by his cushion, and the Biscayan's mule so true to nature that it could be seen to be a hired one a bowshot off.
But I have omitted to describe the dress worn by this nymph of the valley.
It may be well to say here, a little more explicitly, that there was no real intention to describe with particular accuracy any real characters in this book.
Having conducted his audience in fancy to the summit, and marooned them there by reason of the fall of their bridge, the Professor proceeded to describe both the horrors and the attractions of that remarkable land.
Now that, sitting here, I attempt to describe the extraordinary grandeur and beauty of that sight, language seems to fail me.
Or "(1) Describe Mother's laugh; (2) Describe Father's laugh; (3) Describe Mother's Party Dress; (4) Describe the Kennel and its Inmate.
How to describe this White Logic to those who have never experienced it
And having made their acquaintance, Chaucer begins to describe them all so that we may know them too.
by 52@ 41' 20'', a space which corresponds to the path which she will describe during the entire journey of the projectile.
And though it may be thought that the knowledge of either may sufficiently enable him to describe at least that in which he hath been conversant, yet he will even here fall greatly short of perfection; for the follies of either rank do in reality illustrate each other.
Describe her verse, as the critics have described it, as sublimated and spiritual, and you have described her body.
It is clear that, in so far as the child is genuinely remembering, he has a picture of the past occurrence, and his words are chosen so as to describe the picture; and in so far as the hearer is genuinely apprehending what is said, the hearer is acquiring a picture more or less like that of the child.
You describe it with such feeling that I fancy you must be one of the two.