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

      

    outline

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈaʊtlaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaʊtlaɪn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they outline
    BrE BrE//ˈaʊtlaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaʊtlaɪn//
     
    he / she / it outlines
    BrE BrE//ˈaʊtlaɪnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaʊtlaɪnz//
     
    past simple outlined
    BrE BrE//ˈaʊtlaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaʊtlaɪnd//
     
    past participle outlined
    BrE BrE//ˈaʊtlaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaʊtlaɪnd//
     
    -ing form outlining
    BrE BrE//ˈaʊtlaɪnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaʊtlaɪnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  outline something (to somebody) | outline what, how, etc… to give a description of the main facts or points involved in something synonym sketch We outlined our proposals to the committee.
  2. 2  [usually passive] outline something (against something) to show or mark the outer edge of something They saw the huge building outlined against the sky.
  3. Extra examples He roughly outlined the plot of the opera. She outlined to Mona the details of her mother’s relationship. the plan outlined above the policies outlined to Parliament on May 20th Let me briefly outline what we are trying to achieve.
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