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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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With the aim of teaching audio describers, Remael and Vercauteren (2007) show how to identify "narratively significant cues" for inclusion in descriptions in relation to the exposition phase of filmic narratives.
In doing so, the describer must interpret and translate important visual action or stimuli (costumes, setting, lighting, and so forth) as objectively as possible.
for large train describers and follows similar work carried out at Glasgow Central, Motherwell and Edinburg during this year.
For example, a describer shouldn't say " 'She opens the letter and looks sad,' '' Lombardi noted.
Traditionally, the who, what, where, and how of AD have largely depended on what audio describers deem to be most important.
Veronica Fyland is an audio describer who works with people with visual impairments to make sure they enjoy all the action of stage and film.
This name refers to the describer of epia and has previously been used for the taxon (Gibbs et al.
Thus he is not merely an objective describer of events, but an active influence on the events he describes, even if voluntary action is not allowed to his physical form.
Accordingly, cultural space is a model related to the inner point of view--the models of culture--and not to the metalevel description of the culture and its non-culture as an external reality for the describer.
The informal partnership between Hayden, as fossil collector, and Leidy, as fossil describer, is one of the main stories to emerge from Thomson's account of this era.
We are doomed" - What a London Underground worker wrote on a central London Tube station describer board.
writing has to select and order, something has to come first and that selection and ordering will always, in some way, entail the values and perception of the describer.
We could've been passive [about making] the shows accessible--just make sure you have a describer and Braille programs and the place is accessible--but we always wanted it to be on-and offstage.
key describer function (voice announcements give prompts and describes the function of each button when pressed)
Although all descriptive studies are highly influenced by the perception and inclination of the describer, the goal of descriptive and interpretive validity is to ensure that researchers are "not making up or distorting the things they saw and heard" (Maxwell, 1992, p.