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delineate (v.)

1550s, "to mark out in lines," from Latin delineatus, past participle of delineare "to sketch out," from de- "completely" (see de-) + lineare "draw lines," from linea "line" (see line (n.)). From c. 1600 as "represent pictorially;" 1610s as "describe, represent to the mind or understanding, portray in words." Related: Delineated; delineator; delineating.

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Definitions of delineate
1
delineate (v.)
show the form or outline of;
Synonyms: define
delineate (v.)
determine the essential quality of;
Synonyms: specify / define / delimit / delimitate
delineate (v.)
trace the shape of;
Synonyms: limn / outline
delineate (v.)
describe in vivid detail;
delineate (v.)
make a mark or lines on a surface;
Synonyms: trace / draw / line / describe
2
delineate (adj.)
represented accurately or precisely;
Synonyms: delineated / represented
From wordnet.princeton.edu