V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to describe, portray, or list in detail; 2. to indicate the physical boundaries of something

Synonyms: describe, depict, indicate, represent, portray, sketch, outline


Tips: Delineate comes from the Latin word delineare, "to sketch out," originally from the root linea, "line." Delineate carries the connotation that a description or depiction is detailed and lays out the boundaries of something ("delineates the problem"). In business, delineate is often used as a more powerful way of saying "describe in detail" or "separate."

Usage Examples:

The Chairman's memo delineates the necessary steps we'll need to take before the merger can take place. (outlines, lists)

Barbed wire fences delineate the boundaries of each farmer's territory. (indicate, represent)

She delineated a plan of action so that everyone would know his or her respective role in the project. (outlined, described)

The setting for the story is beautifully delineated in the first chapter. (depicted, portrayed)

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