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English adjective: delineate

1. delineate represented accurately or precisely

Synonymsdelineated, represented

Similardepicted, described, diagrammatic, diagrammatical, pictured, portrayed


English verb: delineate

1. delineate (stative) show the form or outline of

SamplesThe tree was clearly defined by the light.
The camera could define the smallest object.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)show

2. delineate (stative) determine the essential quality of

Synonymsdefine, delimit, delimitate, specify

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)determine, redefine

3. delineate (creation) trace the shape of

Synonymslimn, outline

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw

Narrower (hyponym)contour, lipstick

4. delineate (contact) make a mark or lines on a surface

SamplesDraw a line.
Trace the outline of a figure in the sand.

Synonymsdescribe, draw, line, trace

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)mark

Narrower (hyponym)circumscribe, circumscribe, construct, inscribe, write

Verb groupdraw, draw

5. delineate (communication) describe in vivid detail

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)depict, describe, draw

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