- to trace the outline of; sketch or trace in outline; represent pictorially: He delineated the state of Texas on the map with a red pencil.
- to portray in words; describe or outline with precision: In her speech she delineated the city plan with great care.
Origin of delineate
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Examples from the Web for delineate
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Lapid has spent considerable effort trying to delineate the middle class—which many argued was a key component of his voter base.How is Lapid Faring So Far?
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Another helpful feature on the site is a glossary of terms that delineate the various stages of mall decrepitude.What's in Store for the Suburban Mall?
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I dare not attempt to delineate the paroxysm of emotion which it excited in every heart.Patrick Henry
Moses Coit Tyler
Again his pencil moved, and I knew he was attempting to delineate her features.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
He will be able to delineate the characters, consciences, and conduct of his neighbours.Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.
I have endeavoured to delineate his character so that it will be as an open book.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
We are not, but his ability we are in duty bound to delineate truthfully.Hidden Treasures
Harry A. Lewis
- to trace the shape or outline of; sketch
- to represent pictorially, as by making a chart or diagram; depict
- to portray in words, esp with detail and precision; describe
C16: from Latin dēlīneāre to sketch out, from līnea line 1
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Word Origin and History for delineate
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