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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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Finding her own sensations exactly like those described in the book as symptoms of the direst diseases, she put it by in alarm, and took up a novel, which was free from the fault she had found in the lectures, inasmuch as none of the emotions it described in the least resembled any she had ever experienced.
The manner in which the scene met his eye is described by Judge Temple.
He described also the iguanodon and the pterodactyl--two of the first of the wonders which they had encountered.
The attitude of the greater part of the public might be described as one of attentive neutrality.
Another case, very clearly described by a dentist, occurred at the town of Columbus, in the United States of America, quite recently.
The ideas are sometimes described as many, coextensive with the universals of sense and also with the first principles of ethics; or again they are absorbed into the single idea of good, and subordinated to it.
The account of the Platonic ideas in the Meno is the simplest and clearest, and we shall best illustrate their nature by giving this first and then comparing the manner in which they are described elsewhere, e.
It is very nearly," continued Nicholl, "the course described by a bomb launched from a mortar.
They soon become tame, and are very amusing from their cunning odd manners, which were described to me as being similar to those of the common magpie.
The poor animal, on the one hand, with its ears down and its back arched; and, on the other, the hovering bird, eyeing at the distance of a yard the disgusting morsel, form a picture, which has been described by Captain Head with his own peculiar spirit and accuracy.
The evening of life is described by Plato in the most expressive manner, yet with the fewest possible touches.
So necessary is this to the understanding the characters of men, that none are more ignorant of them than those learned pedants whose lives have been entirely consumed in colleges, and among books; for however exquisitely human nature may have been described by writers, the true practical system can be learnt only in the world.
Describe her verse, as the critics have described it, as sublimated and spiritual, and you have described her body.
I am speaking of lightning as a sensible phenomenon, not as it is described in physics.
And these two influences were not in fact without effect; though the result remained, as Vronsky had described, uncertain.