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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 or something)

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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As her career continued, and she arrived at the sort of work she is now known for--the pillars or columns that (to repeat) stand alone, as a person stands alone--the roles of the two systems remained distinct and describable, yet we always know that we are still quite artificially prizing them apart.
All that betrays it as live is the occasional discreet cough - and the scarcely describable tension that accompanies live performances and brings what is most important - inspiration.
Death effects an instantaneous montage of our lives; that is, it chooses the truly meaningful moments (which are no longer modifiable by other possible contrary or incoherent moments) and puts them in a sequence, transforming an infinite, unstable, and uncertain--and therefore linguistically not describable--present into a clear, stable, certain, and therefore easily describable past (exactly in the context of a General Semiology).
American literary criticism seems firmly describable as operating from either one of two antipodes: either a resolutely historicist position that seeks to reveal the hidden connections between intrinsic literary and extrinsic social values, issues, practices, objects, and events (Thrailkill), or a broadly philosophical one that compares the philosophical to the literary genius, finding the latter in its adherence to the former (Cameron in Impersonality), "Sexuality" is one ungovernable way of thinking, and more importantly feeling, our way through the irrational experience of reading texts that is just as vital and just as necessary for literary discussion as any other.
One possibility is to stay at home, another possibility is to go to the mountains, a third possibility is to go to the seashore, a fourth possibility is to go to a place describable neither as the mountains nor as the seashore.
It means, in other words, seeking opportunities to read James afresh beyond our usual reading habit for "conventional reality" or, in Seng Zhao's term, "conventional truth" (laukika satya) between and beyond any describable relations or "languages of social expression and worldly experience.
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.
A potential advantage of GST is that it has the conceptual infrastructure to avoid reductionism and deal with goals, values and meanings, as the latter are describable forms of information in systems.
In contrast to the Aristotelian and neo-Aristotelian conceptions of motion as natural to and inherent in objects, during the late sixteenth century motion is reconceived as an entirely relative phenomenon, describable only because of a particular distance (physical, epistemological, and metaphysical) from it.
They established that pyrolysis of asphalt is describable by a two-stage first-order model.
The National Health Service, better known for its nurture of death-dealing maniacs like Harold Shipman than for anything describable as care, continued to balloon.
He was a "military doofus" who never won a battle, and "there are few accounts that he actually fought in anything properly describable as a battle.
Whenever the position of the Figure is known and describable with a postural, by contrast, speakers do not shift to the existential.
Eudora Welty, in her essay "Place in Fiction," wrote, "It is our describable outside that defines us, willy-nilly, to others, that may save us, or destroy us, in the world; it may be our shield against chaos, our mask against exposure; but whatever it is, the move we make in the place we live has to signify our intent and meaning.