delineate

Though you pronounce it duh-LIN-ee-ate, there is a "line" in the middle of delineate. This might help you remember that to delineate is to outline and define something in detail or with an actual marking of lines and boundaries.

When you create an outline for a paper it usually summarizes what you will detail later. You delineate the sections, or mark the heading lines, and when you write the details, you delineate the subject of each heading. So, to delineate is both to mark lines and to fill in the lines. Using a fence to divide properties or a carpet to claim your side of the bedroom also is a way to delineate, or mark, physical boundaries.

Definitions of delineate
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adj represented accurately or precisely

Synonyms:
delineated, represented
depicted, pictured, portrayed
represented graphically by sketch or design or lines
described
represented in words especially with sharpness and detail
diagrammatic, diagrammatical
shown or represented by diagrams
Antonyms:
undelineated
not represented accurately or precisely
undepicted, unpictured
not pictured
undrawn
not represented in a drawing
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v show the form or outline of

Synonyms:
define
Type of:
show
make visible or noticeable

v trace the shape of

Synonyms:
limn, outline
Types:
lipstick
form by tracing with lipstick
contour
form the contours of
streamline
contour economically or efficiently
Type of:
draw
represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface

v make a mark or lines on a surface

Synonyms:
describe, draw, line, trace
draw
engage in drawing
draw
represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface
Types:
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construct
draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions
inscribe
draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
circumscribe
draw a line around
circumscribe
to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
write
mark or trace on a surface
dot
make a dot or dots
stenograph
write in shorthand
calligraph
write beautifully and ornamentally
cross
trace a line through or across
superscribe
write on the outside or upper part of
superscribe
write on the top or outside
capitalise, capitalize
write in capital letters
letter
mark letters on or mark with letters
print
write as if with print; not cursive
scrawl, scribble
write carelessly
copy
copy down as is
impress, print
reproduce by printing
Type of:
mark
make or leave a mark on

v determine the essential quality of

Synonyms:
define, delimit, delimitate, specify
Types:
determine
fix in scope; fix the boundaries of
redefine
give a new or different definition to
nail down, narrow, narrow down, peg down, pin down, specify
define clearly
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v describe in vivid detail

Type of:
depict, describe, draw
give a description of

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