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delineate

[dih-lin-ee-eyt] /dɪˈlɪn iˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), delineated, delineating.
1.
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.
2.
to portray in words; describe or outline with precision:
In her speech she delineated the city plan with great care.
Origin of delineate
1550-1560
1550-60; < Latin dēlīneātus, equivalent to dē- de- + līneātus lineate
Related forms
delineable
[dih-lin-ee-uh-buh l] /dɪˈlɪn i ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
predelineate, verb (used with object), predelineated, predelineating.
undelineable, adjective
undelineated, adjective
well-delineated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for delineating

delineate

/dɪˈlɪnɪˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to trace the shape or outline of; sketch
2.
to represent pictorially, as by making a chart or diagram; depict
3.
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 delineating

delineate

v.

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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