outline - definition and synonyms

 
 
noun [countable] 

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/ˈaʊtlaɪn/
singularoutline
pluraloutlines
  1. 1
    an explanation that includes the general points about something, but not the details

    We hope this leaflet will provide a basic outline.

    a broad/general/rough outline

    outline of:

    The chairman gave them a brief outline of the museum’s history.

    1. a.
      a list that shows the main ideas and the structure of something that you are planning to write

      Please hand in an outline for your next essay by Tuesday.

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  2. 2
    a line that shows the outer edge or shape of something
    outline of:

    Through the mist we could see the faint outline of the island.