Definition of delineate
delineatorplay \di-ˈli-nē-ˌā-tər, dē-\ noun
Examples of delineate in a Sentence
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
The report clearly delineates the steps that must be taken.
The characters in the story were carefully delineated.
Recent Examples of delineate from the Web
A few girls surveyed pushed back against the sexist statements and were able to clearly delineate what is and isn’t a joke.
Even if the court rejects the lower-court rulings, there's a chance the justices might use the Wisconsin case to delineate more clearly rules of the redistricting road.
The city of Miami was crystal clear in delineating the boundaries.
For them, the lines that separated meals were clearly delineated.
On Cavett, James Baldwin delineated America’s everyday racism to a Yale philosophy professor.
Whether it’s wisdom or not is to be delineated, is to be judged by others.
But while Spicer flaunted Trump's millions of followers, other White House officials have sought to delineate the difference between the tweets and official forms of presidential correspondence.
The trouble was figuring out how to delineate it across such a vast distance.
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Origin and Etymology of delineate
Latin delineatus, past participle of delineare, from de- + linea line
First Known Use: 1559See Words from the same year
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Definition of delineate for English Language Learners
: to clearly show or describe (something)
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