verb (used with object), de·scried, de·scry·ing.

  1. to see (something unclear or distant) by looking carefully; discern; espy: The lookout descried land.
  2. to discover; perceive; detect.

verb -scries, -scrying or -scried (tr)

  1. to discern or make out; catch sight of
  2. to discover by looking carefully; detect

“to proclaim,” mid-14c., from Old French descrier, from des- (see dis-) + crier, from Latin quiritare (see cry (v.)).


“to see, discern,” c.1300, probably from Old French descrier “publish” (Modern French décrier), from Latin describere (see describe).

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