outline

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈaʊtlaɪn/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈaʊtˌlaɪn/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(outlīn′)

Inflections of 'outline' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
outlines
v 3rd person singular
outlining
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
outlined
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
outlined
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
out•line /ˈaʊtˌlaɪn/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -lined, -lin•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. the line by which a figure or object is defined or bounded;
    contour:We could just see an outline of the shore in the distance.
  2. a drawing that is only a line, without shading or modeling of the form.
  3. a general account, description, or report, indicating only the main features of a subject:an outline of a book.
  4. outlines, [plural] the most basic features or main aspects of something under discussion:Just give us the outlines of your plan.

v. [+ object]
  1. to draw the outline of (something), or draw (something) in outline.
  2. to indicate the main features of:outlined his strategy.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
out•line  (outlīn′),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -lined, -lin•ing. 
n. 
  1. the line by which a figure or object is defined or bounded;
    contour.
  2. a drawing or sketch restricted to line without shading or modeling of form.
  3. a general sketch, account, or report, indicating only the main features, as of a book, subject, or project:an outline of medieval history; an outline of a speech.
  4. outlines, the essential features or main aspects of something under discussion:At the first meeting, we gave her only the outlines of the project.
  5. Printingan ornamented type in which the outside contours of each character appear in black, with the inside left white.

v.t. 
  1. to draw the outline of, or draw in outline, as a figure or object.
  2. to give an outline of;
    sketch the main features of:On the first day, the professor just outlined the course for us.
  • out- + line1 1655–65
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  form. 
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged plan, draft, rough, synopsis, summary.
    • 6, 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged delineate, draft.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
outline /ˈaʊtˌlaɪn/ n
  1. a preliminary or schematic plan, draft, account, etc
  2. (usually plural) the important features of an argument, theory, work, etc
  3. the line by which an object or figure is or appears to be bounded
  4. a drawing or manner of drawing consisting only of external lines
  5. (as modifier): an outline map
vb (transitive)
  1. to draw or display the outline of
  2. to give the main features or general idea of
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