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[dih-lin-ee-eyt] /dɪˈlɪn iˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), delineated, delineating.
to trace the outline of; sketch or trace in outline; represent pictorially:
He delineated the state of Texas on the map with a red pencil.
to portray in words; describe or outline with precision:
In her speech she delineated the city plan with great care.
Origin of delineate
1550-60; < Latin dēlīneātus, equivalent to dē- de- + līneātus lineate
Related forms
[dih-lin-ee-uh-buh l] /dɪˈlɪn i ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
predelineate, verb (used with object), predelineated, predelineating.
undelineable, adjective
undelineated, adjective
well-delineated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for delineate
  • Each painting helps advance the action and delineate the characters.
  • They also have their own culture, which varies from tribe to tribe and helps delineate individuals.
  • The deep back window recalls old Volvo sports cars, and small lights delineate the grille.
  • Architects have adopted digital panoramas as a way to delineate spaces that are difficult to photograph.
  • But now, in a recent study published in Nature, he and four colleagues have tried to delineate the hot spots more precisely.
  • Be careful how you write your articles please, and clearly delineate the days and what is going on.
  • The doctor felt along the bony prominences that delineate the spine, looking for tender points, and found none.
  • Modern sonograms are so powerful that they can delineate tiny fingers and toes.
  • And these scrawls delineate the novel's central conflict and concern.
  • Fencing has gone up to delineate the private land.
British Dictionary definitions for delineate


verb (transitive)
to trace the shape or outline of; sketch
to represent pictorially, as by making a chart or diagram; depict
to portray in words, esp with detail and precision; describe
Derived Forms
delineable, adjective
delineation, noun
delineative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēlīneāre to sketch out, from līnealine1
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Word Origin and History for delineate

1550s, from Latin delineatus, past participle of delineare "to sketch out," from de- "completely" (see de-) + lineare "draw lines," from linea "line" (see line (n.)). Related: Delineated; delineating.

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