delineate

[ dih-lin-ee-eyt ]
/ dɪˈlɪn iˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), de·lin·e·at·ed, de·lin·e·at·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. delimit,
  2. delimitate,
  3. delimitation,
  4. delimiter,
  5. delimiting keratotomy,
  6. delineation,
  7. delineator,
  8. delineavit,
  9. delink,
  10. delinquency

Origin of delineate

1550–60; < Latin dēlīneātus, equivalent to dē- de- + līneātus lineate

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British Dictionary definitions for delineate

delineate

/ (dɪˈlɪnɪˌeɪt) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsdelineable, adjectivedelineation, noundelineative, adjective

Word Origin for delineate

C16: from Latin dēlīneāre to sketch out, from līnea line 1

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Word Origin and History for delineate

delineate

v.

1550s, from Latin delineatus, past participle of delineare "to sketch out," from de- "completely" (see de-) + lineare "draw lines," from linea "line" (see line (n.)). Related: Delineated; delineating.

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