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outline

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of outline

  1. 1 a line that traces the outer limits of an object or surface <place your hand on the paper and draw an outline around it> Synonyms contour, figure, silhouette Related Words delineation, sketch; profile, skyline; cast, configuration, conformation, form, geometry, shape; framework, skeleton

  2. 2 a short statement of the main points <a printed outline of the lecture has been made available for all attendees> Synonyms abstract, breviary, brief, capsule, conspectus, digest, encapsulation, epitome, inventory, summary, précis, recap, recapitulation, résumé (or resume also resumé), roundup, rundown, run-through, sum, summa, summarization, summing-up, sum-up, synopsis, wrap-upRelated Words abbreviation, abridgment (or abridgement), compend, compendium, condensation, curtailment, shortening; simplification, streamlining; rehash, reprise; conclusion, epilogue (also epilog)Near Antonyms amplification, enlargement, expansion; addendum, supplement




outline

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of outline

  1. 1 to draw or make apparent the outline of <she carefully outlined the tree before she started drawing in the leaves> Synonyms define, delineate, silhouette, sketch, trace Related Words line; bound, fringe, margin, skirt; edge, hem, rim, trim; frame; circle, compass, encircle, girdle, girth, loop, ring, round, surround; chart, diagram, draw, map (out)

  2. 2 to make into a short statement of the main points (as of a report) <outlined the important points in the introduction> Synonyms abstract, boil down, brief, digest, encapsulate, epitomize, summarize, recap, recapitulate, reprise, sum up, synopsize, wrap upRelated Words abridge, condense, curtail, cut back, shorten; downsize, shrink; concentrate, consolidate; decoct, essentialize; simplify, streamlineNear Antonyms elongate, extend, lengthen, prolong, protract; amplify, elaborate (on or upon), enlarge (on or upon), expand, supplement




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