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This case study aims to investigate the relevance, as well as the use, of the lexical verb <i>describe</i> in scientific research articles, so as to determine the degree of importance of such a guiding verb within this type of discourse and within the scientific process itself. A detailed exploration of the complementation patterns is also made so as to give account of the environment in which such a verb tends to appear. This linguistic information asserts that in most cases the structure formed by the verb <i>describe</i> and its patterns serve to locate the reader, either spatially or temporally. This guiding function becomes essential for the reader of the scientific paper since it helps him/her process the information provided adequately. Furthermore, a comparison between the use of <i>describe</i> on the one hand, and some delexicalised verbs of ‘receiving’ and ‘giving’ followed by the nominal form <i>description</i>, on the other, is made, showing thereby a clear-cut preference for the use of the verbal form.