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outline

noun [C] uk   /ˈaʊt.laɪn/ us  

outline noun [C] (SHAPE)

C2 the main shape or edge of something, without any details: She drew the outline of the boat and then coloured it in. in outline as a shape with an edge but without any details: The mountain was visible only in outline as the light faded.

outline noun [C] (DESCRIPTION)

B2 a description of the main facts about something: If you read the minutes of the meeting, they'll give you a broad outline of what was discussed. Some novelists start by writing an outline (= plan of the main points of the story).

outline

verb [T] uk   /ˈaʊt.laɪn/ us  

outline verb [T] (DRAW SHAPE)

to draw the main shape or edge of something: The area we're interested in is outlined in red on the map.

outline verb [T] (DESCRIBE)

B2 to give the main facts about something: At the interview she outlined what I would be doing.
(Definition of outline from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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