delineate

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verb de·lin·eate \di-ˈli-nē-ˌāt, dē-\

Definition of delineate

delineated

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delineating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to indicate or represent by drawn or painted linesb :  to mark the outline of lights delineating the narrow streets

  3. 2 :  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

delineator

play \di-ˈli-nē-ˌā-tər, dē-\ noun

Examples of delineate in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. The report clearly delineates the steps that must be taken.

  6. The characters in the story were carefully delineated.

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Origin and Etymology of delineate

Latin delineatus, past participle of delineare, from de- + linea line


DELINEATE Defined for English Language Learners

delineate

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Definition of delineate for English Language Learners

  • : to clearly show or describe (something)



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