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outlinenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈaʊt.laɪn/

outline noun [C] (SHAPE)

C2 the ​mainshape 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 ​lightfaded.
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outline noun [C] (DESCRIPTION)

B2 a ​description of the ​mainfacts about something: If you ​read the ​minutes of the ​meeting, they'll give you a ​broad outline of what was ​discussed. Some ​novelistsstart by writing an outline (= ​plan of the ​mainpoints of the ​story).

outlineverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈaʊt.laɪn/

outline verb [T] (DRAW SHAPE)

to ​draw the ​mainshape or ​edge of something: The ​area we're ​interested in is outlined inred on the ​map.
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outline verb [T] (DESCRIBE)

B2 to give the ​mainfacts about something: At the ​interview she outlined what I would be doing.
(Definition of outline from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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outlinenoun [C]

 us   /ˈɑʊtˌlɑɪn/

outline noun [C] (STATEMENT)

a ​statement of the ​mainfacts, ​ideas, or ​items: The ​Houseapproved the ​broad outlines of the president’s ​budget.

outline noun [C] (LINE)

a ​line or ​linesshowing the ​mainshape of something: She ​drew the outline of a ​face.
verb [T]  us   /ˈɑʊtˌlɑɪn/
I’ve outlined my ​researchpaper and ​begun writing the first ​draft.
(Definition of outline from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"outline" in Business English

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outlineverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈaʊtlaɪn/
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 ​environmentalgoals it is ​seeking to ​meet by 2020.(be) outlined in sth Recommendations outlined in the recent ​report have angered ​investors.outline a plan/proposal/strategy Seniorfigures from the ​energyindustry will ​hold a ​publicmeeting to outline ​plans to ​build a $300m ​plant.outline the terms of sth The Department of Agriculture yesterday outlined the ​terms of a new ​consentagreement.(be) outlined by sb/sth The commission's ​position was outlined by its ​generalcounsel, Julie Hodgkins.(be) outlined above/below When ​planningobjectives, 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 ​pensionssystems 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.

outlinenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈaʊtlaɪn/
a description of the ​main facts about something, for ​example a new ​plan or ​idea: The outline ​calls for city ​government to ​lead by ​example, as well as to encourage the ​privatesector to embrace ​conservation. Terms of the ​deal between NATO and the ​European Union seem ​clear in outline, although ​agreeing on details may prove more difficult.the outline(s) of a deal/proposal/settlement, etc. Officials ​agree that the broad outlines of a ​deal on ​agriculture need to be in ​place by July.the outline(s) of what/why/how, etc. Fund ​managers have been ​asked to prepare a ​document containing an outline of how ​investmentprofessionals make decisions.broad/brief/general outline(s) The ​House Speaker ​endorsed the broad outlines of the new ​taxationprogram.an outline for change/reform/the future In spite of a ​tightdeadline, the ​workingpartysucceeded in ​delivering a practical and common-sense outline for ​reform. an outline ​agreement/​deal
a ​series of ​lines or shapes on a ​drawing or ​diagram that show the ​general appearance of something, for ​example, a ​building, ​machine, etc.: Figure 8 ​shows the outline of the ​proposedextension. an outline ​design
(Definition of outline from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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