de·​lin·​eat·​ed di-ˈli-nē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce delineated (audio)
: having or forming clear edges or boundaries
Deserts are wildly heterogeneous, composed of numerous, disparate, sharply delineated microenvironments.Bil Gilbert
These tumors tend to be invasive and extend beyond delineated margins.Dennis P. O'Brien and Joan R. Coates
: marked with drawn or painted lines
delineated bike lanes
the delineated areas of the map
: described or portrayed with accuracy or in detail
… the military, with its clearly delineated roles, ranks, chains of command, and reservations of authority.Eric J. McNulty

Examples of delineated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ironing board’s cover has three clearly delineated zones but is smooth throughout. Sharon Brandwein, Southern Living, 6 Feb. 2024 Along with the preternaturally glowy skin (a mind-boggling synthetic effect that McGrath is revealing in a clever rollout), the Margiela Bratz came correct with washes of blue and green shadow, thin delineated brows, and high-gloss lips touched in metallics. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 31 Jan. 2024 College football provides that clearly delineated schedule, not unlike a calendar of holidays—and of course, fandom. Jane Borden, Southern Living, 21 Aug. 2023 By various measures, Justice and family own over a hundred delineated businesses, all of them run by a tight circle of family members and long-term associates with almost no real public-facing presence. Andrew Donaldson, Washington Examiner, 5 May 2023 Truthfully, the mere existence of a delineated digital asset regime would likely push traditional financial firms to move their assets and take advantage of lighter regulations. Dylan Gyauch-Lewis, The New Republic, 23 Nov. 2022 The resulting burrito was very well constructed with delineated layers of beans and melted white cheese. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 27 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of delineated was in 1641

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“Delineated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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