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Definition of delineate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

delineate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪnieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪnieɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they delineate
BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪnieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪnieɪt//
 
he / she / it delineates
BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪnieɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪnieɪts//
 
past simple delineated
BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪnieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪnieɪtɪd//
 
past participle delineated
BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪnieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪnieɪtɪd//
 
-ing form delineating
BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪnieɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪnieɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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delineate something (formal) to describe, draw or explain something in detail Our objectives need to be precisely delineated. The ship's route is clearly delineated on the map. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘trace the outline of something’): from Latin delineat- ‘outlined’, from the verb delineare, from de- ‘out, completely’ + lineare (from linea ‘line’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: delineate