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
Every character, keenly delineated in dance and movement, is marvelously alive.
And Boring responds by delineating Harris's sexual behaviors: meeting with prostitutes, texting images of genitals back and forth with underage girls.
Mr. Sanders’s presence has made this an immeasurably more substantive race, in which both candidates’ policies have been better vetted, and as a result, better delineated.
Perhaps when official rhetoric is so starkly delineated, when isis is understood as the distillation of pure evil, one is left with no language to describe, or make sense of, the other side.
The federal government is a limited government, limited by the Constitution, which delineates its powers.
Granted, real life is often a muddle, too, especially where crime is involved—but good reporters delineate the facts rather than contribute to the confusion.
As is always true with political money, there is no easy way to delineate where ideology ends and where self-interest and corruption begin.
Voiceovers that more or less clearly delineate how the rest of the plot will proceed.
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Origin and Etymology of delineate
Latin delineatus, past participle of delineare, from de- + linea line
First Known Use: 1559
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Definition of delineate for English Language Learners
: to clearly show or describe (something)
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