• Catch sight of.

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Example Sentences

“When you descry the large oak tree, my house is right across from it.” 

“The hound descried a rabbit and took off after it like a shot.” 

“I can descry a package being delivered through my video camera doorbell while I am at work.”

Word Origin

Old French, early 14th century

Why this word?

The word “descry” has nothing to do with tears of sadness, but it is related to the old-fashioned job of town crier. From Old French, “descrier” means to “publish, proclaim.” The now-obsolete usage of “descry” was to “describe,” but today the word just means to “catch sight of,” and you can keep your news to yourself.

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