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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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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:
Psychologist, former priest, and commentator Eugene Kennedy described John Paul to the Boston Globe in enigmatic terms: "This was a papacy characterized by irony .
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.
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.
To me, reliability is best described as," being able to be trusted to do what is expected or has been promised.
There are useful maps and illustrations in the text, though the significance of the pictures is not described.
Finally, some of the potential problems associated with service-learning are defined and described from both sides of the debate by Whitfield.
Instructions on how the data elements should be calculated in relation to other such elements described in the instance document.
I can't recall a book that has described the experience of NFOs in this detail.
Proteins, like characters in a novel, can be described by their appearance, behavior, interactions, peculiarities in specific situations, and movement in time and space.
The interest areas described by the CDM and RIASEC fides are: crafts (realistic), scientific (investigative), the arts (artistic), social (social), business (enterprising), and office operations (conventional).
A series of laboratory studies found that memories for a mock criminal's face were much poorer among eyewitnesses who had described what the perpetrator looked like shortly after seeing him, compared with those who hadn't.