1 tell (of), recount, relate, give an account (of), narrate, recite, report, chronicle; retail:
He described his adventures in Rio.
2 detail, define, explain, specify, delineate:
Please describe exactly where you found the body.
3 characterize, portray, paint, depict, identify, label, style; represent:
I would describe her as careless rather than uncaring.
4 trace, mark out, outline, traverse, draw:
The trail of the comet described a perfect arc in the black sky.