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

      

    outline

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈaʊtlaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaʊtlaɪn//
     
    [countable, uncountable]
     
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  1. 1  a description of the main facts or points involved in something This is a brief outline of the events. You should draw up a plan or outline for the essay. The book describes in outline the main findings of the research. an outline agreement/proposal
  2. 2  the line that goes around the edge of something, showing its main shape but not the details At last we could see the dim outline of an island. an outline map/sketch She drew the figures in outline.
  3. Extra examples Here’s the plan in outline. I could just make out the dim outlines of the house in the mist. The children made an outline of their hands. The sharp outline of the island had become blurred. Write an outline for your essay. a brief outline of Chinese history to cut around the outline She drew the figures in outline. The article describes in outline the main findings of the research. The government proposed the outlines of a new tax. The students added the position of the main cities to an outline map of the country.
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