V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to catch sight of something

Synonyms: glimpse, discover, find, notice, detect, identify


Tips: Descry is an archaic word that is currently used in literary contexts, but hardly ever in everyday conversation. Do NOT confuse descry with its homonym decry.

Usage Examples:

Far off in the distance, the ship's captain descried land. (glimpsed)

Jeannie gave a shriek of excitement when she finally descried her lost wedding ring. (found, noticed)

The scientist stayed up all night to see if she could descry any changes in the subject of the experiment. (notice, detect)

As the car came up, over the hill, the children finally descried the ocean in the distance. (glimpsed)

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