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English noun: outline

1. outline (location) the line that appears to bound an object


Broader (hypernym)bound, boundary, bounds

Narrower (hyponym)coastline, silhouette, skyline

2. outline (communication) a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory

Synonymsabstract, precis, synopsis

Broader (hypernym)sum-up, summary

Narrower (hyponym)apercu, brief, epitome

3. outline (cognition) a schematic or preliminary plan

Synonymsschema, scheme

Broader (hypernym)plan, program, programme

English verb: outline

1. outline (communication) describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of

SamplesSketch the outline of the book.
Outline his ideas.

Synonymsadumbrate, sketch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)depict, describe, draw

Narrower (hyponym)block out

2. outline (creation) draw up an outline or sketch for something

SamplesDraft a speech.

ExamplesDid he outline his major works over a short period of time?


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)compose, indite, pen, write

Domain categoryauthorship, composition, penning, writing

3. outline (creation) trace the shape of

Synonymsdelineate, limn

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw

Narrower (hyponym)contour, lipstick

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