verb (used with object), de·lin·e·at·ed, de·lin·e·at·ing.
- to trace the outline of; sketch or trace in outline; represent pictorially: He delineated the state of Texas on the map with a red pencil.
- to portray in words; describe or outline with precision: In her speech she delineated the city plan with great care.
- to trace the shape or outline of; sketch
- to represent pictorially, as by making a chart or diagram; depict
- to portray in words, esp with detail and precision; describe
1550s, from Latin delineatus, past participle of delineare “to sketch out,” from de- “completely” (see de-) + lineare “draw lines,” from linea “line” (see line (n.)). Related: Delineated; delineating.