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.
- de·lin·e·a·ble [dih-lin-ee-uh-buhl], /dɪˈlɪn i ə bəl/, adjective
- pre·de·lin·e·ate, verb (used with object), pre·de·lin·e·at·ed, pre·de·lin·e·at·ing.
- un·de·lin·e·a·ble, adjective
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How to use delineate in a sentence
Now, as the federal budget gets hammered out through the reconciliation process, Neguse says they are trying to consolidate those multiple proposals to delineate how the corps would operate and where the money would flow.We Need a Civilian Climate Corps to Take on Today’s Crises | lwhelan | July 31, 2021 | Outside Online
It is unfair and potentially even deceptive to try to peer into her head and delineate the exact shape of those demons as she tries to decide whether to compete again in Tokyo.Simone Biles was abandoned by American Olympic officials, and the torment hasn’t stopped | Sally Jenkins | July 29, 2021 | Washington Post
Over 200 hundred years later, we are still using these measurements to delineate federal, state, and private land boundaries.We Mapped the West 200 Years Ago, and We’re Still Living with the Mistakes | abarronian | July 12, 2021 | Outside Online
It’s useful to delineate those efforts — and to contextualize or rebut them — in defense of our collective and accurate memory of what occurred.How the right is trying to reshape the history of the Jan. 6 riot | Philip Bump | June 17, 2021 | Washington Post
Right now on the Colorado River, those entities are renegotiating what are called interim guidelines, which outline the water levels that trigger those planned cutbacks and delineate which places have to sacrifice water first.The Drought in the West Is Bad and It’s Gonna Get Worse | Heather Hansman | June 16, 2021 | Outside Online
Stereotypes exist to delineate but also in order to be defied.In Praise of ‘Awkward’: OMFG MTV, Like, Really Gets High School | Amy Zimmerman | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Lapid has spent considerable effort trying to delineate the middle class—which many argued was a key component of his voter base.
Another helpful feature on the site is a glossary of terms that delineate the various stages of mall decrepitude.
In this short study my one idea all through has been to delineate Mohammed as he was and Islam as she is.Islam Her Moral And Spiritual Value | Arthur Glyn Leonard
Vide Owen's Geological Report, for the first attempt to delineate the order of the various local and general formations.Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820 | Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
We also sweep the arc f to enable us to delineate the line A g'.
Here, again, we draw the arc a b c and delineate a tooth as before.
We will now proceed to delineate an escape wheel for a detached lever.
British Dictionary definitions for delineate
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
- delineable, adjective
- delineation, noun
- delineative, adjective
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