Delineate Definition

delineated, delineates, delineating
delineated, delineates, delineating
To draw; depict.
Webster's New World
To trace the outline of; sketch out.
Webster's New World
To depict in words; describe.
Webster's New World
To establish the position of (a border).
The treaty delineates the border between Spanish and American territory.
American Heritage
To show or contain a distinguishing characteristic of; distinguish.
American Heritage

Origin of Delineate

  • From Latin delineatus, past participle of dēlīneo (“to sketch out, to delineate”), from de- + līnea (“line”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin dēlīneāre dēlīneāt- dē- de- līnea line, thread line1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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