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

     

    sketch

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//sketʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sketʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sketch
    BrE BrE//sketʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sketʃ//
     
    he / she / it sketches
    BrE BrE//ˈsketʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsketʃɪz//
     
    past simple sketched
    BrE BrE//sketʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sketʃt//
     
    past participle sketched
    BrE BrE//sketʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sketʃt//
     
    -ing form sketching
    BrE BrE//ˈsketʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsketʃɪŋ//
     
    Artwork and techniques, Art equipment
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] sketch (somebody/something) to make a quick drawing of somebody/something He quickly sketched the view from the window. He enjoyed sketching, writing poetry and playing music. See related entries: Artwork and techniques, Art equipment
  2. 2[transitive] sketch something (out) to give a general description of something, giving only the basic facts synonym outline She sketched out her plan for tackling the problem.
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Dutch schets or German Skizze, from Italian schizzo, from schizzare ‘make a sketch’, based on Greek skhedios ‘done without preparation’. Phrasal Verbssketch somethingin
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