Describe (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Describe something/someone in a particular way

Describe

To say someone or something is a particular kind of person or thing

She is described by her friends as generous and honest.

Call

To describe someone or something in a particular way

His classmates call him a liar.

Picture

To describe someone or something in a particular way

He is pictured as a serious and difficult person.

Present

To show or describe something or someone in a particular way

In his speech, he presented himself as a family man.

Depict

To describe someone or something in words or with a picture

In her speech, she depicted her father as a tyrant.

Characterize

To describe the qualities of someone or something in a particular way

He characterizes himself as middle class.

 

Describe someone / something unfairly

Represent

To describe someone or something in a particular way, especially in a way that is not fair

I represent myself as an expert, but I know nothing.

Label

To describe someone or something in a particular way, especially unfairly or incorrectly

Many of my teachers have labeled me a troublemaker.

Portray

To show or describe someone or something in a particular way, especially when this does not give an accurate impression of what they are really like

She portrayed herself as the victim at the trial.

Paint

To describe someone or something in a particular way, especially in a way that causes people to believe something untrue

The area is not as bad as it is painted.

 

Make clear to understand / Explain (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Make clear to understand (Explain)

Explain

To make clear to understand

The doctor is going to explain the man’s health condition.

Make clear

To express in a simple and direct way so that people understand without any confusion

I tried to make my ideas clear, but the children did not understand them.

Describe

To say what something or someone is like

The doctor is going to describe the man’s health condition.

Tell

To give information about someone or something to someone by speaking or writing

I told him about his health condition.

Clarify

Formal

To make something clearer or easier to understand

The doctor clarified my health condition.

Go through something

To carefully explain something, especially one step at a time

I went through how the project would be carried out at the meeting.

Put across

To explain an idea, beliefs, etc. in a way people can understand

I am not very good at putting my ideas across.

Set out

To explain, describe, or arrange something in a clear and detailed way in speech or writing

I set out our objections to the plan at the conference.

Lay out

To explain or describe something clearly, usually in writing

SW: set out

All the terms and conditions are laid out in the documents.

Run through

To explain, read, or look at something quickly

I ran through details of the evening’s events at the briefing.

 

Teach (synonyms, thesaurus, similar words)

Teach

Teach

To help students learn something in a school, college, university, etc. by giving lessons.

I teach English to foreign students.

Give lessons

To teach lessons.

She makes a living by giving private piano lessons.

Educate

Often passive

To teach someone using the formal system of school, college, or university, usually for several years.

I was educated in the US.

The school educates handicapped children.

Lecture

To give a lecture or a series of lectures to a group of people on a particular subject, especially to students in a university or college.

He lectures in British literature.

Instruct

Formal

To teach someone how to do something, especially a practical skill.

I work in a gym instructing athletes in the use of the gym equipment.

Tutor

To teach one student or a small group.

She tutors a small group of students in English.

Train

To teach someone the skills for a particular job or activity, or to be taught these skills

I will train the new employees to use the new security system.

Coach

To train a sports player or a performer.

He coaches young actors.

Upskill

Business

To teach workers new skills, or to learn new skills.

I am going to upskill the department.

Mentor

To teach or give advice to a younger or less experienced person, especially in a job or at school.

She mentors the employees who are training to be managers.

Show / Teach someone the ropes

Informal

To teach someone how to do a job or task that they have just started doing.

I spent an afternoon showing the new workers the ropes.

Show

To explain something to someone by doing it yourself or by giving instructions or examples.

My boss is showing me how the component works.

Demonstrate

To show and explain how something works or how something is used or done.

My job involves demonstrating kitchen equipment.

Explain

To make clear to understand

Can you explain how the system works?

Clarify

Formal

To make something clearer or easier to understand.

The doctor clarified my health condition.

Illustrate

To make the meaning or truth of something clearer by giving examples.

Let me give a few examples to illustrate my point.

Describe

To say what something or someone is like.

I need to describe how we will do the experiment.

Guide

To show someone how to do something difficult by giving them advice at different stages.

I guide the new students through the program one section at a time.