transitive verb (-eated; -eating) Etymology: Latin delineatus, past participle of delineare, from de- + linea line Date: 1559 1. a. to indicate or represent by drawn or painted lines b. to mark the outline of <
lights delineating the narrow streets
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 noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Delineate — De*lin e*ate, a. [L. delineatus, p. p. of delineare to delineate; de + lineare to draw, fr. linea line. See {Line}.] Delineated; portrayed. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Delineate — De*lin e*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Delineated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Delineating}.] 1. To indicate by lines drawn in the form or figure of; to represent by sketch, design, or diagram; to sketch out; to portray; to picture; in drawing and engraving,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • delineate — 1 trace, outline, *sketch, diagram, draft, plot, blueprint Analogous words: describe, *relate: design, plan (see under PLAN n) 2 *represent, depict, portray, picture, limn Analogous words: see those at DELINEATE 1 …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • delineate — I verb adumbrare, block out, blueprint, circumscribe, construct a figure, contour, convey an impression of, define, depict, depingere, describe, describere, detail, determine, diagram, draft, draw, draw a picture, engrave, etch, figure, frame,… …   Law dictionary

  • delineate — 1550s, from L. delineatus, pp. of delineare to sketch out, from DE (Cf. de ) completely (see DE (Cf. de )) + lineare draw lines, from linea line (see LINE (Cf. line) (n.)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • delineate — [v] describe; outline characterize, chart, define, depict, detail, draft, draw, figure, lay out, limn, mark, plot, portray, represent, sketch out, trace; concepts 36,55,174 …   New thesaurus

  • delineate — ► VERB ▪ describe or indicate precisely. DERIVATIVES delineation noun. ORIGIN Latin delineare to outline …   English terms dictionary

  • delineate — [di lin′ē āt΄] vt. delineated, delineating [< L delineatus, pp. of delineare, to mark out, sketch < de , from + linea, LINE2] 1. to trace the outline of; sketch out 2. to draw; depict 3. to depict in words; describe delineation n.… …   English World dictionary

  • delineate — [[t]dɪlɪ̱nieɪt[/t]] delineates, delineating, delineated 1) VERB If you delineate something such as an idea or situation, you describe it or define it, often in a lot of detail. [FORMAL] [V n] Biography must to some extent delineate characters...… …   English dictionary

  • delineate — UK [dɪˈlɪnɪeɪt] / US [dɪˈlɪnɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms delineate : present tense I/you/we/they delineate he/she/it delineates present participle delineating past tense delineated past participle delineated formal 1) to describe something …   English dictionary

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