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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: outline /ˈaʊtˌlaɪn/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyoutline
he/she/itoutlines
present participleoutlining
past tenseoutlined
past participleoutlined

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    to give the main ideas of a plan or a piece of writing without giving all the details

    The document outlines our company's recycling policy.

    In his speech, the president will outline his new proposal.

  2. 2
    [often passive] to draw a line around the edge of something

    She had large eyes that were darkly outlined in black.

    1. a.
      to clearly show the outside edge of something
      be outlined against something:

      The building was clearly outlined against the evening sky.

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