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delineate (dɪˈlɪnɪˌeɪt


verb (transitive)

  1. to trace the shape or outline of; sketch
  2. to represent pictorially, as by making a chart or diagram; depict
  3. to portray in words, esp with detail and precision; describe

Derived Forms

deˈlineable  adjective
deˌlineˈation  noun
deˈlineative  adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin dēlīneāre to sketch out, from līnea line1


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