AskDefine | Define delineate

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delineate adj : represented accurately or precisely [syn: delineated, represented] [ant: undelineated]


1 delineate the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object" [syn: define]
2 determine the essential quality of [syn: specify, define, delimit, delimitate]
3 trace the shape of [syn: limn, outline]
4 make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: trace, draw, line, describe]
5 describe in vivid detail

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From Latin prefix de- + linea, line, thread.


  1. To sketch out, draw or trace an outline.
  2. To depict, represent with pictures.
  3. To describe or depict with words or gestures.
  4. To outline or markout.



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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

block in, block out, brief, bring to life, cartoon, catch a likeness, chalk, chalk out, character, characterize, charcoal, chart, color, contour, copy, crayon, crosshatch, dash off, daub, define, depict, describe, design, diagram, doodle, draft, draw, etch, evoke, express, give words to, hatch, hit off, image, interpret, limn, line, map, notate, outline, paint, paint a picture, pencil, picture, picturize, plan, portray, print, profile, register, render, represent, rough in, rough out, rub, schematize, scratch, scumble, set forth, shade, silhouette, sketch, stencil, symbolize, take a rubbing, tint, trace, trace out, trace over, write
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