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Tuesday, September 7



Part of speech: verb

Origin: Latin, mid 16th-century


Describe or portray (something) precisely.

Examples of Delineate in a sentence

"As a new teacher, Marnie felt it was important to delineate acceptable classroom behavior."

"The treaty helped the neighboring countries delineate what the new border would be."

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About Delineate

This word comes from the Latin “delineat-,” meaning “outlined,” from the verb “delineare.” Originally comes from “de-” meaning “out, completely” and “lineare,” from “linea,” meaning “line.”

Did you Know?

“Delineate” can also mean to sketch something or trace the outline of it. An architect might delineate their ideas before drawing detailed blueprints.

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