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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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However, describing ongoing thoughts had no effect on people's success at solving analytical problems, such as mental arithmetic.
(ii) If you reserve the right to disclose all of the nonpublic personal information about consumers that you collect, you may simply state that fact without describing the categories or examples of the nonpublic personal information you disclose.
Let's return to the issue of describing the culture and begin by defining culture to mean, "the way things get done in this organization." In essence the culture is the organization's personality-- determining how people work together to get things done.
In that context, Mark's way of describing Jesus' miracle is reflective of the new attitude toward women which was emerging in Early Judaism:(1) the miracle has a historical base as well as a theological purpose
You must provide a one-page narrative describing your management experience and a letter of recommendation affirming your experience from the person to whom you report.
The presentation, which can be given in either classroom or assembly format, includes a rehabilitation professional describing brain and spinal cord injury, an action-filled video[4] featuring direct testimony from teenagers, and a person who has survived a brain or spinal cord injury discussing his or her injury in terms of financial, physical, and emotional consequences.
Describing the type of consistency available via the process, he said of all 14 Citation casting facilities, Citation Foam is among the lowest, if not the lowest, in internal scrap and customer reject rates.
At least three business days prior to the conference, the taxpayer must submit a memorandum describing the transaction, names of taxpayers involved, and issues to be addressed.
Another Elvis biographer, Albert Goldman, focused on his subject's "bad" genes, describing him in Elvis as "the victim of a fatal hereditary disposition." Using language reminiscent of the stones of the Jukes and Kallikaks, the degenerate families of the early eugenics movement, Goldman attributed Elvis' character to ancestors who constituted "a distinctive breed of southern yeomanry" commonly known as hillbillies.
The fourth amendment limits valid warrants to those "particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized."(29) This provision mandates that a warrant authorizes only a search of a specific place for specifically named items.
Part 1 contains five brief chapters describing life "under siege" during the Israeli army's incursion into Bethlehem as part of the military offensive called "Operation Defensive Shield," launched by Israeli Prime Minister Sharon in April 2002.
A review of literature describing the successful use of peer evaluation to assess student learning motivated me to combine the two into one assessment activity.
Canadian Geological Foundation (CGF) activity was included in Summit discussion in the form of an abstract describing the role that CGF plays in carrying out the wishes of benefactors whose objective is to support Canadian earth science, thus complementing the foundations that serve a sector of the community.
By analogy, proteomics has the formidable task or describing extremely large sets of proteins, or "proteomes," within organisms.
The number of individuals in very different jobs describing the importance of keeping up-to-date in their fields is quite effective.