what is difference between define, describe and explain?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Define: give the meaning of the word, like dictionaries do.
Describe: give some characteristics of the item defined.
Explain: give reasons for why the item is what it is or does what it does; provide more complete information
For example, head cold.
Define: a viral infection affecting the nose and eyes and ears. (OK, this definition sux, but you get the idea.)
Describe: head colds make your nose run and may also include a sort throat and congestion in your head.
Explain: you can catch colds from others if good hygiene is not observed, because viruses travel in sneezes and used handkerchiefs. They can last up to a couple weeks and may cause a fever,
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