describe (v.) Look up describe at Dictionary.com
early 13c., descriven, from Old French descrivre, descrire (13c.), from Latin describere "to write down, copy; sketch, represent," from de- "down" (see de-) + scribere "to write" (from PIE root *skribh- "to cut"). Reconstructed with Latin spelling 16c. Related: Describable; described, describes, describing.