VS.

Explain vs. Describe

Published:
Views: 65

Explainverb

To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to illustrate the meaning of.

‘To explain a chapter of the Bible.’;

Describeverb

(transitive) To represent in words.

‘The feeling is difficult to describe, but not unpleasant.’; ‘The geographer describes countries and cities.’;

Explainverb

To give a valid excuse for some past behavior.

Describeverb

(transitive) To represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out.

‘to describe a circle by the compasses;’; ‘a torch waved about the head in such a way as to describe a circle’;

Explainverb

(obsolete) To make flat, smooth out.

Describeverb

To give rise to a geometrical structure.

‘The function describes a very complex surface.’;

ADVERTISEMENT

Explainverb

(obsolete) To unfold or make visible.

Describeverb

To introduce a new taxon to science by explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other taxa.

‘The fungus was first described by a botanist.’;

Explainverb

To flatten; to spread out; to unfold; to expand.

‘The horse-chestnut is . . . ready to explain its leaf.’;

Describeverb

(obsolete) To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class.

Explainverb

To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to expound; to unfold and illustrate the meaning of; as, to explain a chapter of the Bible.

‘Commentators to explain the difficult passages to you.’;

Describeverb

To represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out; as, to describe a circle by the compasses; a torch waved about the head in such a way as to describe a circle.

ADVERTISEMENT

Explainverb

To give an explanation.

Describeverb

To represent by words written or spoken; to give an account of; to make known to others by words or signs; as, the geographer describes countries and cities.

Explainverb

make palin and comprehensible;

‘He explained the laws of physics to his students’;

Describeverb

To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class.

‘Passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven parts in a book.’;

Explainverb

define;

‘The committe explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean’;

Describeverb

To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty.

ADVERTISEMENT

Explainverb

serve as a reason or cause or justification of;

‘Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work’; ‘Her recent divorce amy explain her reluctance to date again’;

Describeverb

give a description of;

‘He drew an elaborate plan of attack’;

Explainverb

make (an idea or situation) clear to someone by describing it in more detail or revealing relevant facts

‘he explained the situation’; ‘‘It's a device of great age,’ the professor explained’; ‘they explained that their lives centred on the religious rituals’;

Describeverb

to give an account or representation of in words;

‘Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental’;

Explainverb

give a reason so as to justify or excuse (an action or event)

‘I explained about Maureen calling round’; ‘he makes athletes explain why they made a mistake’; ‘Cassie found it necessary to explain her blackened eye’;

Describeverb

identify as in botany or biology, for example

Explainverb

be the cause of or motivating factor for

‘this would explain why so many adult children still live with their parents’; ‘her father's violence explains her pacifism’;

Describeverb

make a mark or lines on a surface;

‘draw a line’; ‘trace the outline of a figure in the sand’;

Explainverb

minimize the significance of an embarrassing fact or action by giving an excuse or justification

‘they know stories about me that I can't explain away’;

Popular Comparisons

Latest Comparisons

Trending Comparisons