delineate


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de·lin·e·ate

 (dĭ-lĭn′ē-āt′)
tr.v. de·lin·e·at·ed, de·lin·e·at·ing, de·lin·e·ates
1.
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).
2.
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 ... delineated the differences between the two teams" (Stuart Miller).

[Latin dēlīneāre, dēlīneāt- : dē-, de- + līnea, line, thread; see line1.]

de·lin′e·a′tion n.
de·lin′e·a′tive adj.
de·lin′e·a′tor n.

delineate

(dɪˈlɪnɪˌeɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to trace the shape or outline of; sketch
2. to represent pictorially, as by making a chart or diagram; depict
3. to portray in words, esp with detail and precision; describe
[C16: from Latin dēlīneāre to sketch out, from līnea line1]
deˈlineable adj
deˌlineˈation n
deˈlineative adj

de•lin•e•ate

(dɪˈlɪn iˌeɪt)

v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to trace the outline of; represent pictorially.
2. to portray in words; describe with precision.
[1550–60; < Latin dēlīneātus, past participle of dēlīneāre=- de- + līneāre to mark with lines]
de•lin′e•a•ble (-ə bəl) adj.
de•lin′e•a`tor, n.

delineate


Past participle: delineated
Gerund: delineating

Imperative
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delineate
Present
I delineate
you delineate
he/she/it delineates
we delineate
you delineate
they delineate
Preterite
I delineated
you delineated
he/she/it delineated
we delineated
you delineated
they delineated
Present Continuous
I am delineating
you are delineating
he/she/it is delineating
we are delineating
you are delineating
they are delineating
Present Perfect
I have delineated
you have delineated
he/she/it has delineated
we have delineated
you have delineated
they have delineated
Past Continuous
I was delineating
you were delineating
he/she/it was delineating
we were delineating
you were delineating
they were delineating
Past Perfect
I had delineated
you had delineated
he/she/it had delineated
we had delineated
you had delineated
they had delineated
Future
I will delineate
you will delineate
he/she/it will delineate
we will delineate
you will delineate
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Future Perfect
I will have delineated
you will have delineated
he/she/it will have delineated
we will have delineated
you will have delineated
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Future Continuous
I will be delineating
you will be delineating
he/she/it will be delineating
we will be delineating
you will be delineating
they will be delineating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been delineating
you have been delineating
he/she/it has been delineating
we have been delineating
you have been delineating
they have been delineating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been delineating
you will have been delineating
he/she/it will have been delineating
we will have been delineating
you will have been delineating
they will have been delineating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been delineating
you had been delineating
he/she/it had been delineating
we had been delineating
you had been delineating
they had been delineating
Conditional
I would delineate
you would delineate
he/she/it would delineate
we would delineate
you would delineate
they would delineate
Past Conditional
I would have delineated
you would have delineated
he/she/it would have delineated
we would have delineated
you would have delineated
they would have delineated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.delineate - show the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object"
show - make visible or noticeable; "She showed her talent for cooking"; "Show me your etchings, please"
2.delineate - determine the essential quality of
determine - fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; "the tree determines the border of the property"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
redefine - give a new or different definition to; "She redefined his duties"
3.delineate - trace the shape of
lipstick - form by tracing with lipstick; "The clown had lipsticked circles on his cheeks"
contour - form the contours of
draw - represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse"
4.delineate - make a mark or lines on a surfacedelineate - make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
mark - make or leave a mark on; "the scouts marked the trail"; "ash marked the believers' foreheads"
construct - draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions; "construct an equilateral triangle"
inscribe - draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
circumscribe - draw a line around; "He drew a circle around the points"
circumscribe - to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
draw - engage in drawing; "He spent the day drawing in the garden"
draw - represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse"
write - mark or trace on a surface; "The artist wrote Chinese characters on a big piece of white paper"; "Russian is written with the Cyrillic alphabet"
5.delineate - describe in vivid detail
describe, depict, draw - give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
Adj.1.delineate - represented accurately or precisely

delineate

verb
1. outline, describe, draw, picture, paint, chart, trace, portray, sketch, render, depict, characterize, map out The relationship between Church and State was delineated in a formal agreement.
2. determine, define, chart, map out a settlement to delineate the border

delineate

verb
To present a lifelike image of:
Translations

delineate

[dɪˈlɪnɪeɪt] VT
1. (= draw) [+ outline] → delinear, trazar
2. (= describe) [+ character] → describir, pintar; [+ plans] → trazar
3. (= delimit) → definir

delineate

[dɪˈlɪnieɪt] vt
(= define) → définir
(= depict) [+ person, situation] → décrire
(= draw) [+ line] → tracer, esquisser; [+ border] → définir

delineate

vt (= draw)skizzieren; boundary, bordereinzeichnen; (= describe)beschreiben, darstellen

delineate

[dɪˈlɪnɪˌeɪt] vt (frm) → delineare
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But in commencing to describe scenes, and perhaps he may add characters, that were so familiar to his own youth, there was a constant temptation to delineate that which he had known, rather than that which he might have imagined.
I made my humblest acknowledgment to this illustrious person, for his great communicativeness; and promised, "if ever I had the good fortune to return to my native country, that I would do him justice, as the sole inventor of this wonderful machine;" the form and contrivance of which I desired leave to delineate on paper, as in the figure here annexed.
But I shall endeavor in this discourse to describe the paths I have followed, and to delineate my life as in a picture, in order that each one may also be able to judge of them for himself, and that in the general opinion entertained of them, as gathered from current report, I myself may have a new help towards instruction to be added to those I have been in the habit of employing.
I shall now proceed to delineate dangers of a different and, perhaps, still more alarming kind -- those which will in all probability flow from dissensions between the States themselves, and from domestic factions and convulsions.
There is a period, which occurred between the time of being "hatcheled" and that of being "woven," that it exceeds my powers to delineate.
How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form?
Polygnotus delineates character well: the style of Zeuxis is devoid of ethical quality.
The passage to which I allude occurs in that part of her journal which delineates his character and his personal appearance.
And, he didn't do much in terms of dressing in any particular way to delineate this character from Stephen Colbert the person.
This report continues a series analyzing proposals and blueprints for transforming schools from the perspective of how well they delineate ways to enable equity of opportunity for "all" students to succeed at school.
Summary: When Lebanon's new president, Michel Sleiman, and his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad, held a landmark meeting in Damascus last month, one of the agreements reached between them was to delineate and demarcate the 320-kilometer border between their two countries.