›to describe something, for example a new plan or idea, in a general way without giving too many details: The government has outlined a series of environmental goals it is seeking to meet by 2020.(be) outlined in sthRecommendations outlined in the recent report have angered investors.outline a plan/proposal/strategySenior figures from the energy industry will hold a public meeting to outline plans to build a $300m plant.outline the terms of sthThe Department of Agriculture yesterday outlined the terms of a new consent agreement.(be) outlined by sb/sthThe commission's position was outlined by its general counsel, Julie Hodgkins.(be) outlined above/belowWhen planning objectives, it's a good idea to use a checklist to ensure that you meet the criteria outlined above.outline how/what/when, etc.The Pensions Board will be obliged to outline how future pensions systems might operate.
›if a drawing or diagram outlines something, it shows its general appearance or shape: Maps filed with the Planning Commission outline a 154,000-square-foot hospital that could eventually be on the site's northern end.