Meaning of “dotted line” in the English Dictionary

"dotted line" in British English

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dotted linenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdɒt.ɪd ˈlaɪn/ us /ˌdɑː.t̬ɪd ˈlaɪn/

a line of dots:

Footpaths are shown on the map as dotted red lines.
Cut along the dotted line.

(Definition of “dotted line” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dotted line" in American English

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dotted linenoun [ C ]

/ˈdɑt·ɪd ˈlɑɪn/

the place on a contract or other agreement where you sign your name:

Lawmakers want to ensure these changes are good for Virginia before they sign on the dotted line.

(Definition of “dotted line” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dotted line" in Business English

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dotted linenoun [ C ]

uk us

a line formed by a series of dots

sign on the dotted line

LAW to sign a legal agreement:

A financial adviser can suggest questions you should ask before signing on the dotted line.

(Definition of “dotted line” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)