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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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| 7% described it as "very good." | 3% described it as 'average, poor or terrible".
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The Reunion epidemic is the largest ever described; [approximately equal to] 150,000 cases were reported from March 2005 through February 2006.
The dwellings of Tolkien's hobbits have a great deal in common with the houses Morris saw and described in Iceland.
One participant described the symbolic value of appearance for adolescents in her community in the following way:
We hope that this volume of Library Trends sheds new light on the various research methods described therein.
As Weigel shows, Pope John Paul's accomplishments can only be described in superlatives.
In his classic text Administrative Behavior (1976), Nobel laureate Herbert Simon described communication as the most ignored component of the administrative process.
The 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s witnessed many substantial improvements in school guidance and counseling, in part propelled by collaboration and research such as that described in Miller's article.
Recall that Luther in discussing the first commandment in the Large Catechism described one's god as that in which one trusts, finds security, and devotes one's time to pursuing.
56(b)(1)(A)(ii) disallows deductions "for any taxes described in paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of section 164(a)" Thus, the precise question is whether a Sec.
Under "Latest News," the SEC's VFP is described. It also provides a link to a special Web page with links to the XBRL filings of the nine companies participating in the VFP, and resources for other companies considering participation in the VFP.
Stipends and tuition for trainees, with certain exceptions for named new investigators and newly recruited investigators as described below, are not provided by the EHS Core Center grant.
Bigger's loss of his father in a southern race riot traumatizes him at an early age, and Leopold's loss of his mother at age 17 had what Hal Higdon described as a "profound effect" (66) on him since she was the only person in his family to whom he was emotionally close.
Underhill then goes on to describe, using clear diagrams and maps, the tectonic and stratigraphic controls on the development of the oil and gas plays though geological time, with reference to relevant fields described in the volume.