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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 delineated
  • delineated by caste, a society less fit for democracy was almost unimaginable.
  • Later scientists figured out how to create better and better artificial vacuums, thanks to the principle he delineated.
  • Most of them have clearly delineated dials, though a few are even harder to read than this one.
  • The elimination of the free-standing meters also means the end of firmly delineated parking spaces.
  • Instead of speculating about an unannounced product, he delineated it.
  • It has worked in all of those areas in the past, but they were less clearly delineated.
  • The aims of these groups could be politically delineated.
  • They are also distinct human characters, delineated through solos and relationships.
  • The starburst tops of a coconut grove delineated the beach.
  • His signature images, delineated with extraordinary graphic flair, are recognized around the globe.
British Dictionary definitions for delineated


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 delineated



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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