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transitive verb\di-ˈli-nē-ˌāt, dē-\
: to clearly show or describe (something)
Full Definition of DELINEATE
a: to indicate or represent by drawn or painted lines
b: to mark the outline of <lights delineating the narrow streets>
: to describe, portray, or set forth with accuracy or in detail<delineate a character in the story><delineate the steps to be taken by the government>
Examples of DELINEATE
The report clearly delineates the steps that must be taken.
The characters in the story were carefully delineated.
He plants his skates millimeters outside the blue-tinted 44-square-foot arena that delineates the crease and refuses to budge … —Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated, 21 May 2007
Screenwriter Christopher Hampton introduces a large gallery of characters, subtly delineating the unspoken class biases that will keep Robbie, for all his confidence, charm and Cambridge education, an outsider. —David Ansen, Newsweek, 10 Dec. 2007
So Madrid finally ordered Onís to cut the best deal he could. The resulting Transcontinental (or Adams-Onís) Treaty of 1819 ceded Florida to the United States and delineated the boundary between American and Spanish territory all the way to the Pacific Ocean … —Walter A. McDougall, Promised Land, Crusader State, 1997
Privacy plays a unique role in American law. Although considered a core value by most citizens, it is not explicitly delineated as a protected right by the U.S. Constitution. —Edward A. Cavazos et al., Cyberspace and the Law, 1994