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Definition of "delineate" [de•lin•e•ate]

  • To draw or trace the outline of; sketch out. (verb-transitive)
  • To represent pictorially; depict. (verb-transitive)
  • To depict in words or gestures; describe. See Synonyms at represent. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "delineate" in a sentence
  • "The inability to see is an inability to "delineate": a persistent equation in the novel ( "Over him hung a form which I cannot find words to describe," Walton says [152])."
  • "Professor has finished measuring, and is preparing to "delineate" me."
  • "So the first order of business at the Trial of Barack Obama was to "delineate" (I think he just meant "delete") the most explosive charges -- treason and sedition -- from the indictment."