- Delineate is defined as to trace an outline, to sketch something or to describe with great specificity.
- An example of delineate is to draw the outline of the United States.
- An example of delineate is to explain a specific drawing down to the last detail.
transitive verbde·lin·e·at·ed, de·lin·e·at·ing, de·lin·e·ates
- a. To draw or depict: “In black and white wash, he delineated the gnarled roots of a tree” (Sally Holmes Holtze).b. To describe or characterize in words: “the specter of the bored and isolated housewife, which Friedan delineated so brilliantly” (Mary V. Dearborn).
- a. To mark, form, or show the outline or border of: The police delineated the crime scene with yellow tape. A hedge delineates one plot of land from the other.b. To establish the position of (a border): The treaty delineates the border between Spanish and American territory.c. To show or contain a distinguishing characteristic of; distinguish: “The first game &ellipsis; delineated the differences between the two teams” (Stuart Miller).
Origin of delineateLatin dēlīneāre, dēlīneāt- : dē-, de- + līnea, line, thread; see line1.
(third-person singular simple present delineates, present participle delineating, simple past and past participle delineated)
- To sketch out, draw or trace an outline.
- To depict, represent with pictures.
- To describe or depict with words or gestures.
- To outline or mark out.