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describe (someone or something) as (something)

To make a descriptive statement about someone or something. Anyone who describes you as "shy" must not know you very well, chatterbox! I wouldn't describe the car as "new" per se—but don't worry, it's in very good condition.
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describe (someone or something) to (someone)

To make a descriptive statement about someone or something to someone else. If you describe Bill to me, I might remember him. Can you describe the situation to me? I'm not sure what is going on.
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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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We just put our hearts into it, because music expresses our daily life in both Gaza and abroad in a describable way.
In fact, he invokes what could be a killer proposition for the whole enterprise by quoting a remark by Perry Anderson to the effect that modernism 'designates no describable object in its own right at all: it is completely lacking in positive content'.
The second edition builds on the original edition's emphasis on making political processes not only describable, but also explainable and predictable.
The cognitive processes that determine belief may be describable only by rules that go from non-cognitive physical states to cognitive states.
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Waterhouse isn't quite skeptical of language; more as if he feels that nothing is truly describable, and he's interested in playing with the boundaries of this insufficieniy.
These elements also make the retail center easily identifiable and describable. Tenants have well-known landmarks to refer to when trying to explain the location of their shops; the elements can also be used as a way for community members to find and identify the Shops at Riverwood vs.
Isn't it possible that dharma in the dharmasastra is quite distinct from dharma in the Mahabharata, and yet consistent within a describable range in its own lineage of thought?
Today, those purported villains operate plants throughout the South, making the offshoring/outsourcing debate complex and not describable in easy slogans.
He thus aims to show how free will, including our veridical experience of a 'gap' between antecedent conditions and voluntary decisions and actions, exists in the same physical being whose brain and bodily behavior are describable in neurobiological terms.
In the last 10 years, great strides have been made toward understanding the inherent genetic, or genotypic, material that conveys those traits--invisible to us, but expressing itself in observable, describable ways.
In some ways, Wallace's suggestion seems obvious, but in an era when each state seems exhaustively describable in terms of a color, perhaps the obvious is exactly what we need.
The second result of the search for meaning was "the emerging notion of the Civil War dead as a describable and shared national loss that transcended individual bereavements." The dead on both sides had a collective importance that gave the war a heightened meaning and ennobled the impulses that had led to it.