What does delineate mean?

Definitions for delineatedɪˈlɪn iˌeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word delineate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. delineated, represented, delineate(verb)

    represented accurately or precisely

  2. define, delineate(verb)

    show the form or outline of

    "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object"

  3. specify, define, delineate, delimit, delimitate(verb)

    determine the essential quality of

  4. delineate, limn, outline(verb)

    trace the shape of

  5. trace, draw, line, describe, delineate(verb)

    make a mark or lines on a surface

    "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"

  6. delineate(verb)

    describe in vivid detail


  1. delineate(Verb)

    To sketch out, draw or trace an outline.

  2. delineate(Verb)

    To depict, represent with pictures.

  3. delineate(Verb)

    To describe or depict with words or gestures.

  4. delineate(Verb)

    To outline or mark out.

  5. Origin: From delineatus, past participle of delineo, from de- + linea

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delineate(adj)

    delineated; portrayed

  2. Delineate(verb)

    to indicate by lines drawn in the form or figure of; to represent by sketch, design, or diagram; to sketch out; to portray; to picture; in drawing and engraving, to represent in lines, as with the pen, pencil, or graver; hence, to represent with accuracy and minuteness. See Delineation

  3. Delineate(verb)

    to portray to the mind or understanding by words; to set forth; to describe

  4. Origin: [L. delineatus, p. p. of delineare to delineate; de- + lineare to draw, fr. linea line. See Line.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delineate

    de-lin′e-āt, v.t. to mark out with lines: to represent by a sketch or picture: to portray: to describe accurately in words.—adj. Delin′eable.—ns. Delineā′tion, the act of delineating: a sketch, representation, or description (sometimes Delin′eament); Delin′eator. [L. delineāre, -ātumde, down, and linea, a line.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delineate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delineate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Witold Gombrowicz:

    Do you want to know who you are Don't ask. Act Action will delineate and define you.

  2. Tom Hayes:

    Basically, probably about half of the funds came out of spread-betting. It's very hard to delineate.

  3. Maxwell Maltz:

    Begin to imagine what the desirable outcome would be like. Go over these mental pictures and delineate details and refinements. Play them over and over to yourself.

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