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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.
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.
News and World Report reported on the twin studies by describing the character traits that are "bred in our bones.
The proportion of Americans describing themselves as haves also has increased since 1988 - from 59 percent to 67 percent.
They were invented several decades ago by Roger Penrose of the University of Oxford in England to serve as mathematical devices for describing processes involving the interactions of elementary particles with different spins.
The sentences describing her birth are constructed not as facts but as bits of speculation: "The saying goes like this .
And Jeanneret finds these means most apparent in lists, like the grotesque ones describing Quaresmeprenant's internal and external anatomy.
Rosenberg is excellent at describing such moments of darkness at the most personal level.
In addition to describing scrubber water treatment, Stahl's Jerry Call discussed selling dross to reclaimers.
The Describe-a-Car suite gives businesses their choice of three Chrome solutions for solving the problem of accurately and completely describing a vehicle with only a small set of information: Chrome Engine, VIN Search 2.
The information and research services of one particular union is outlined in Howard Nelson and Bernadette Bailey's article describing services provided at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
In this study, researchers characterized Lustran ABS polymer melt, then tested three constitutive equations--PTT (Phan-Thien and Tanner), Wagner and PSM (Papanastasiou-Scriven and Macosko)--and compared their accuracy in describing response of the melt to shear and extensional deformation, and predicting melt failure and stress relaxation.
Nonetheless, the mathematics of knots has proved useful in recent years for describing knotted polymer strands (SN: 11/16/96, p.
Explain that all matter is made from particles called atoms, describe how atoms combine to form new matter, and identify the physical properties of atoms, such as describing the conservation of matter.
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands -- IPTC's well known digital photo header has gotten its first major revision in nearly a decade, as IPTC delegates approved expanded choices for describing and cataloging photographs.