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
  1. adjective
    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
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    undelineated
    not represented accurately or precisely
    undepicted, unpictured
    not pictured
    undrawn
    not represented in a drawing
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  2. verb
    show the form or outline of
    synonyms: define
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    show
    make visible or noticeable
  3. verb
    trace the shape of
    synonyms: limn, outline
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    lipstick
    form by tracing with lipstick
    contour
    form the contours of
    streamline
    contour economically or efficiently
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    draw
    represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface
  4. verb
    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
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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
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    mark
    make or leave a mark on
  5. verb
    determine the essential quality of
    synonyms: define, delimit, delimitate, specify
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    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
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  6. verb
    describe in vivid detail
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    depict, describe, draw
    give a description of
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